Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia that will eventually take away a person’s ability to interact with the world around them, complete basic tasks, and function independently. As a family caregiver it is important that you understand that these extreme symptoms are not immediate, and in fact, can occur many years after the initial diagnosis. Instead, a person moves through phases, or stages, of the disease during which they will exhibit different symptoms and challenges.
Understanding these stages enables you to ensure that your parent is getting the care that they need now, and helps prepare you for the care that they will need when they progress.
The early stage of Alzheimer’s disease is also referred to as “mild Alzheimer’s disease”. This is the point when your parent will start to exhibit challenges that may only be noticeable to them, you, and close family and friends. Though these symptoms are mild, this is the point when you should start discussing plans for future homecare.
Some of the challenges that your parent might face during this early stage of Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Struggling to come up with the right word in conversation
- Not being able to remember a name, or calling people by the wrong name
- Having difficulty remembering names or other details about new people that they meet
- Increased challenges with tasks in social, volunteer, or home capacities
- Loss of reading comprehension
- Frequently losing things, particularly valuables
- Difficulty with organization
- Challenges with planning or following through with plans
Whether you have recently found out that your aging parent is living with Alzheimer’s disease, or they have been progressing through this disease for some time and have developed symptoms that you do not feel you can handle on your own, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting homecare for them.
An elderly homecare services provider can act as a supplement to the care that you already give your senior so that you can feel confident that they are getting everything that they need, while also reducing your stress, easing your care burden, and allowing you to focus on your own health, well-being, and quality of life as well.
These highly personalized services can include managing sensitive tasks that you are not comfortable handling, providing safe transportation, offering companionship and support, assisting with activities of daily living, and providing personal care designed to specifically help your loved one with the struggles that they are facing now, and those that they may develop later in their progression.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.