If you have been taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it is very likely that you already feel completely overwhelmed. If that’s the case, don’t feel guilty. Alzheimer’s patients have very special needs all of which can be a bit challenging to meet. And this is especially so if you already have your own children, marriage, and job to take care of.
Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s can be described as a progressive disease whereby the symptoms worsen with time. During its early stages, the symptoms are mild, but as the disease progresses, most individuals exhibit behaviors that can easily prompt their caregivers to abandon them.
Some of these behaviors may include:
- Physical violence and Anger Explosions
Physical or verbal violence and anger explosions can be extremely alarming. Unfortunately, these behaviors are quite common in Alzheimer’s patients. If you have identified this kind of behavior in your loved one, keep in mind that he or she is not behaving this way intentionally.
- Hallucination and false accusations
Hallucinations or delusions also happen to be common with Alzheimer’s patients. These symptoms often cause patients to exhibit behavior that is grounded on the symptoms – such as accusing their caregivers and loved ones falsely.
In most cases, caregivers feel depressed whenever their sick loved ones exhibit such behavior. Sometimes, loved ones can help such patients to come back to the present, but in severe cases, only a trained caregiver or a doctor can help.
- Trouble sleeping
Most Alzheimer’s patients experience sleep disturbances where they may have trouble falling asleep or experience nighttime restlessness. Just like with everyone else experiencing sleep deprivation, Alzheimer’s patients tend to experience mood swings.
However, when it come to Alzheimer’s, these mood swings tend to be many times worse causing patients to exhibit powerful anger explosions and uncontrollable physical or verbal violence. This kind of behavior, as we have already seen, usually creates a lot of misery for their caregivers and other people who love them.
If you have been going through any or all of the above situations with your loved one, you no longer have to face this challenge on your own. And the good news is that neither do you have to place him/her in an Alzheimer’s care facility or a nursing home.
Help is available through home care whereby through a fully licensed home care agency, your loved one gets taken care of in the comfort of his or her own home by a specially trained caregiver.
That way, your loved one receives the care he or she requires while you get to take care of work, family, and other important issues in your life.
In addition to keeping a keen eye on your patient, the caregiver gets to help with the following tasks and activities:
- Changing beddings
- Meal preparation
- Running errands
- And more
As long as the home care agency of your choice is fully licensed, you can be assured that your patient is in the hands of someone who fully understand his/her special needs.