Welcome to today’s Wednesday Workshop and part two of our series on Becoming a Caregiver. When someone has Alzheimer’s disease, their spouse or a close family member will likely become responsible for making decisions, providing basic care, and serving as their advocate. These responsibilities can create major changes in your existing relationship, and you may feel uncomfortable about assuming responsibilities that your loved one once held. It’s important that you encourage him or her to continue to do as many things as he or she can, on their own, or with just a little extra help from you. And even if they initially feel resentful or angry with your help, you’re the person they trust the most. Be sensitive to how these changes affect your loved one, and when possible, talk to them and be sure to acknowledge their feelings.
Some changes you may face include:
Some of your new responsibilities will come naturally; others will have to be learned. For example, if in your relationship you’re not the person that manages the household expenses, investments or other financial matters, assuming this new role will require that you turn to a trusted financial advisor or a family member. They can teach you what you need to know and guide you as you move forward. Once you gain the knowledge you need, you’ll feel much more confident in your new caregiver role.
Some other changes you’ll experience include helping with planning and organizing; helping to schedule and keep appointments; tracking and managing medications; assisting with familiar tasks and helping to recall people and places.
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Please contact us at (561) 588-4545. Be sure to tune in next week for part 3 of our series on Becoming a Caregiver, as we discuss how to manage your own emotional and physical reactions. Thanks for watching! `