There’s nothing easy about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. In fact, it’s downright challenging. Additionally, if you’re the primary caregiver, there will be times when you feel overwhelmed.
For many caregivers, the thought of “taking time off” never comes into play. Unfortunately, if you go too far down this path, it could result in a situation in which your own health begins to deteriorate — and that’s the last thing you need at this time.
On the plus side, there are places you can turn for help. Consider the following:
- Assisted living facility: With this, your loved one receives professional care when they need it. It doesn’t mean you no longer have a place in their life. It simply means that you’re finding help.
- Other loved ones: For example, if you’re caring for an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s, maybe your siblings — or their siblings — are willing to step in and assist you. This can go a long way in taking some of the load off of you.
- Third party services: One of the best examples is Meals on Wheels. This type of service allows you to spend less time preparing meals and more time on other tasks and responsibilities.
If you need help figuring out what to do next, don’t hesitate to consult with your loved one’s medical team. They can provide more information on all three of the options above. From there, it’s easier for you to create a plan for moving forward.
It’s a challenge to care for someone with Alzheimer’s, but there are things you can do to ease your stress. If you have questions about Alzheimer’s care, long-term care, or incapacity planning, contact our law firm. Upon speaking with our experienced attorney, you’ll have a better understanding of what you should and shouldn’t be doing.