Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a labor of love, but it can also be a real challenge to meet the complex care needs of someone else while caring for oneself. Palm Desert Alzheimer’s care experts offer the following tips to Alzheimer’s caregivers.
Get Acquainted with Local Support Groups
Don’t underestimate the power of those around you to uplift you. Often, there are local support groups for family caregivers and even Facebook groups where you can connect with other caregivers nearby who have shared similar experiences and can offer advice or an understanding ear.
Do Some Thorough Reading
There are some really incredible Alzheimer’s blogs out there overflowing with insight and advice that caregivers will find helpful. These blogs often have a tight-knit community of caregivers, physicians, and others who can offer valuable information and connect you to other resources.
Consider Respite Care
Local Palm Desert home care agencies can provide compassionate and trained caregivers to support your loved one in your absence. It’s normal to feel guilty for wanting to take time for yourself, but understand that in order to handle the everyday obstacles of being a caregiver it’s vital that you take time to rest and reset.
Training Services and Counseling
For those new to being an Alzheimer’s caregiver, arranging time for training and counseling can be hugely beneficial. Peer support groups and training through the National Family Caregiver Support Program are designed to help caregivers to cope with daily stresses and struggles.
The most important thing to remember as a caregiver for someone who has Alzheimer’s is that loneliness is only an illusion. There are millions of caregivers and support networks or organizations whose knowledge and experience are readily available to guide you down this path.
As an Alzheimer’s caregiver, it’s important to remember you never have to do it alone. For help meeting your elderly loved one’s care needs, reach out to Home Care Assistance, the trusted choice for Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Palm Desert. Call our office at (760) 345-0001 to speak with a dedicated Care Manager and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.