Alzheimer's Disease - Home Treatment
It also is critical that you take good care of yourself.
Finding and relying on sources of
caregiver support can be extremely helpful. Try to
find a support group in your area and an adult day care for some respite care.
Remember to take care of your own health and not to shoulder all the
responsibility of caring for your loved one who has Alzheimer's disease. Groups
such as the Alzheimer's Association and the Dementia Advocacy and Support
Network can provide not only educational materials but also information on
support groups and services.
Nursing home placement
Taking care of a person
with Alzheimer's disease at home is not always possible. Even when it is
possible, it often becomes more difficult with time as the person develops new
behaviors or medical problems that are hard to manage. The caregiver may
have or develop medical problems of his or her own. Or the stress of caring for the
person at home may become too overwhelming. There are many assisted-living
arrangements that you may consider, though many people with Alzheimer's will
need full-time care at some point. Making the decision about nursing home
placement is often very difficult, because there are no guidelines that fit
every situation. Every family has different needs, preferences, and situations
to think about. For more information, see:
- Alzheimer's Disease: Should I Move My Relative Into Long-Term Care?