Dealing With Dementia in Your Family
Has someone in your family just received a diagnosis of dementia? What can you do?
Receiving a Diagnosis of Dementia in Your Family
A diagnosis of dementia often brings with it many questions:
- Can the person with dementia still drive?
- How long can they keep their independence?
- How fast will the dementia progress?
- Will they need to move into a home?
And many, many more. Your questions are normal and you’re not alone in asking them.
A Dementia Diagnosis Can Raise Uncomfortable Feelings
Just like all the questions a diagnosis has raised in your mind are normal and valid, so, too, are any feelings that come up. The person you love is changing, and that can lead to uncomfortable feelings. It’s okay to feel frustrated, lonely, and angry. Talk to someone about these feelings, and please don’t feel guilty about having them. We can tell you from our experience that you’re not alone in what you’re feeling.
Plus, caring for someone with dementia can also include many happy moments! It’s healthy to keep their minds engaged through board games, safe trips outside the home, and time with family and friends. A diagnosis of dementia does not mean a person with dementia cannot continue to lead a fulfilling life. It simply means precautions will need to be taken as changes in their brain occur, and these precautions will change how the person is cared for.
Educate Yourself About Dementia to Empower Yourself and Your Family
Educate yourself on the different stages of dementia so you can recognize them when they appear. This will not only let you care for your loved with compassion, but it will also empower you to find resources to help you as changes occur. You can also find many trusted resources online and through us to help explain dementia to your children so they, too, can understand in an age-appropriate way how their elderly family member is changing.
Our healthcare teams stay current on the latest research in the areas of compassionate care for dementia. We can support you and your family in any way, from providing overnight care so everyone can sleep knowing your loved one will be safe to offering companion care during the day to provide friendship and mental stimulation. We also offer complete home care.
A nurse case manager will supervise your loved one’s care and stay in contact with their primary healthcare team to ensure care changes as needed. Call us today with questions you have about dealing with dementia care, and we’ll be happy to answer them.
It all starts with learning your story. By getting to know your needs, we can help improve your quality of life.