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Assessing Alzheimer Awareness
A very wise gentlemen client of ours had an insight we have clung to. Having cared for his own wife who was several years into her Dementia Diagnosis, he had been attending Dementia Support Groups. One comment he shared that has stuck:
“If you’ve seen one case of Dementia…
You’ve seen ONE case of Dementia.
All diagnosis of dementia are unique. All individual cases are heavily varied. Experts have varied over the years significantly in the life expectancy of someone with Dementia. Some are living 20 years with this diagnosis. It’s slower in some, more aggressive in others.
What are you experiencing in your loved one’s dementia? Are there enough concerns to make preparations? How can we know?
Are we paying careful enough attention?
Early Alzheimers may not have the most obvious of symptoms. We can all be forgetful. We all have ‘senior moments’. But when is it really time to be concerned? Ask yourself these important questions:
Have Mom’s Senior Moments become Regular Rituals?
Here is a checklist of questions to consider during your next visit with your aging loved one:
- Is Mom or Dad having accidents that can’t otherwise be explained?
- Are they having trouble completing tasks?
- Is remembering IF they had breakfast, and WHAT it was a difficult task?
- Can they recall a conversation you had with them earlier in the day?
- Do they remember the big trending news stories from last week?
- Are there noticeable changes in hygiene patterns?
- Are they skipping or altogether missing social engagements or doctors appointments?
- Are familiar faces becoming difficult to place names with?
As our Awareness Grows our Concerns Can become ACTIONABLE
If you are worried, you are human. But if you are worried and not taking action, you are in fear. Fear is an honest reaction to an unknown fate. Fear is the realization that the worst option may become reality. Know the difference between Actionable and Passive reactions to these outcomes and trend toward ACTION!
Fear is the great immobilizer. It’s been said (wisely) that we miss every shot we do not take. When it comes to addressing the needs of our aging loved one who is showing early signs of memory loss, the quicker you can exchange your worry for action, the better.
Assessing your family dynamic and how it may change before the storm of a disease changes everything is a good place to start. Last week, our blog discussed creating an emergency plan for your loved one. (click here to read)
As we begin to prepare to see our aging loved ones and make provisions to begin the seemingly impossible task of advocating for their well-being, we should all take stock of how much help we are honestly capable of providing.
Chart this info. Put it on a calendar. Bear in mind some seemingly obvious elements:
Who’s cooking if I’m watching Mom? What if Mom is restless overnight? What if Mom becomes a fall risk? What kind of plan do I have for bathing? Do I feel comfortable bathing my own Mother or Father? Would they prefer someone else help in these tasks?
As you ASSESS your AWARENESS build your calendar, you can see where there’s room for help. Ask: How many hours consecutively do I plan to care for my loved one? What’s my breaking point? How much RESPITE CARE could I utilize? How often am I getting out to see other loved ones or family or friends?
Our AWARENESS starts with honesty. It breaks away from fear and it enables us to have a clearer picture of our pathways.
Call us about this. We are glad to help.
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Is it time to Hire a Caregiver?
If you read our last blog you are aware of how difficult it can be to hire your own caregiver.
Families we take care of who have attempted to acquire their own senior home health care providers in Columbus, Ohio often tell us a version of the following:
“It’s hard to find good people”
“We had ONE good person and several BAD APPLES”
“We weren’t prepared for all the call offs”
“Our private caregiver wanted to care for Mom around her schedule, not Mom’s”
We have been recruiting qualified caregivers since 2004. This fall, as we celebrate our 15th year of providing 24-Hour Senior Home Care in Columbus, Ohio we realized we had hit an important milestone.
We realized we had interviewed over 2,000 candidates since we opened our doors to build our team. As we endeavor to serve your senior loved one, and to make an impact for your family, this number and the data we collected has given us a major insight into WHO caregivers are and HOW to find the best ones.
Going through our process is not a feat that we would wish upon anyone. That’s a lot of coffee, team meetings and follow ups. It’s a lot of background checks. It’s a lot of conversations on the phone with previous employers. It’s a lot of time. But our commitment to learning more about caregivers and staying abreast of the types of skills available to caregivers has given us a tremendous leg up in our selection process. We also always hire way in advance of our staffing and client’s needs.
Nobody Plans for Accidents