Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia for a senior you love is heartbreaking, and will immediately bring about a number of concerns and questions. What will life be like for my loved one? How will the condition impact everyday behaviors and functioning? Where will he or she live? And exactly how will I manage providing care?
At Compassionate Nursing Services, a provider of elder care in St. Louis and the surrounding areas, we receive calls frequently from friends and family members who are in crisis mode to find the best care solution for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve found that there are three important factors to help families experience a sense of relief and to gain a feeling of control:
- Education. We cannot stress enough the importance of learning as much as possible about Alzheimer’s disease, and staying well informed about new developments. We provide many different resources pertaining to Alzheimer’s care that offer safety tips, effective communication techniques, innovative ideas for managing challenging behaviors, and so much more. Families may also find a wealth of trusted educational materials through the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as up-to-date news on the latest research findings pertaining to the search for treatment options and a cure.
- Support. Family members caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease require the support of others in a similar situation. Locating a support group to acquire helpful insight, share concerns, and just have a trusted and safe place to vent feelings to people who understand is extraordinarily helpful for family caregivers. Speaking with a professional therapist, as well as close family and friends, is also a good idea to make certain family caregivers are caring for their own mental health.
- Partnership. Partnering with Compassionate Nursing Services for reliable, safe, and experienced in-home dementia respite care for older adults makes it possible for family caregivers to know they are not the alone, allows them to take needed time away on a routine basis to tend to their own self-care needs, and is an excellent alternative to moving the senior to a nursing home or assisted living facility, allowing him or her to age in the comfort and familiarity of home.
Compassionate Nursing Services’ highly skilled dementia care team is extensively trained in creative, patient, compassionate care at home for senior loved ones, offering a consistent routine, assistance with difficult behaviors, enhanced safety, and dependable dementia respite care for family members.
We meet with families during a free in-home consultation to learn about the challenges being faced, along with getting to know your loved one in need of care: his or her likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, personality type, past and current life – all to build a personalized plan of care that will allow for the best possible quality of life, making sure all needs are met both now and proactively as needs change over time.
Contact us at 314-432-4312 to find out more about our dementia care and elder care in St. Louis and the surrounding communities. With Compassionate Nursing Services by your side, you’re never alone in your dementia care journey!