Helping an Alzheimer’s Patient Adjust to a Caregiver

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Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is seldom easy. Even the most loving and devoted families need help to alleviate the emotional and physical demands of the task and ease the burden of care. Worried about how your aging loved one will react to a new caregiver? Are you concerned about the level of care provided in your absence? These feelings are normal and fortunately, there are ways to ensure that your aging loved one adjusts well to a professional, Toronto part-time caregiver.

  • Start Small
    Start with having a caregiver help with household chores such as cleaning and cooking. Once your aging loved one becomes more familiar with the caregiver, start with a few hours of care here or there. Over time, as the caregiver and your loved one build trust, you can leave for longer periods of time. Additionally, always keep your aging loved one in the loop about upcoming care and continue to provide reassurance that everything will be okay. It is also important to not feel guilty about leaving. Remember that taking a break from your caregiving responsibilities gives you the break that you need to continue to deliver quality care to your loved one.
  • Make Preparations
    Take time to prepare for the person who will be providing the respite care as well. Write a list of things that the home caregiver should know about the patient, including any need for items such as glasses, dentures and walkers. Write down possible behavioral problems and explain how you cope with them. List your loved one’s like and dislikes regarding food choices, comfort concerns and favorite pastimes and clearly identify any tasks that you do not want the temporary caregiver to perform. Being thorough ensures a high level of care and can provide you with peace of mind while you’re away.
  • Ask Questions
    It’s natural to ask questions before the respite care begins. Keep in mind, however, that a respite caregiver is a professional whose experience can serve as an important resource as well. At the end of the visit, ask the caregiver about any issues that may have come up while you were away. Invite the worker to share tips and strategies. Keep the lines of communication open, and you’ll discover that forging a partnership with a reputable respite care service offers multiple benefits for you and for the loved one under your care.

Need help in caring for an aging parent, grandparent or loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Click here to learn about specialty Alzheimer’s home care services in Toronto or contact a Home Care Assistance Case Manager directly at 416-488-8777 to schedule a no-risk, complimentary consultation.

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