Maintaining your own health and stamina is an important part of caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease. Different psychosocial and behavioral interventions – treatments, activities, and techniques can help you and the patient by relieving someone of your burden and enhance patient care.
By failing to treat an Alzheimer’s disease patient’s excess disabilities, caregivers may burn out and choose institutional care for their loved one, earlier than necessary. In reality, the Alzheimer’s disease patient is part of a larger family system, and a successful management regimen in which the individual’s behavioral and mood disorder are controlled can have a profound effect on the well-being of all family members.
The behavioral and emotional conditions commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease caregiving tend to respond well to a combination of tradition psychotherapies (counseling and coaching) and supportive interventions. Over time, attention to your own mental and physical health can improve your and your loved one’s quality of life.
Some of the services we offer at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center: A gathering place for caregivers include:
Support Groups: Our support groups allow family members and caregivers a safe place to share feelings, gain emotional and moral support, learn practical information, and talk with people who can relate to your frustrations. Studies have shown that the combination of support group participation, individual family counseling and coaching, and as-needed consultation with the primary caregivers are very helpful. In one study, nursing home placement was delayed by nearly one year as the result of psychosocial interventions, and caregivers reported fewer illnesses and depression and a greater sense of family support.
Alzheimer’s/dementia Skills Training: Caring for a loved one that has Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive impairment at home, requires special skills that may be new to you.
The manner in which you communicate with the individual with Alzheimer’s disease will change as the disease progresses, and developing communication skills to minimize unwanted behavior is essential. Education about the disease can help families develop skills and minimize frustration as they learn what to expect. Our training and educational programs include many other topics that are valuable to our caregivers.
Respite Care: Respite care can provide you with a scheduled period of relief from the demanding responsibilities of caring for a person with dementia. For periods ranging from a few hours of a few weeks, another person can tend to the needs of the patient, leaving you free to handle other responsibilities or to simply recuperate and experience some rest and relaxation, either in your home or at our Gathering Place for Caregivers.
Using respite services allows some patients to continue receiving care at home for a longer period of time -before being placed in a nursing home, according to some studies. Companions, home health aides, certified nursing assistants, adult day care services, and some assisted living facilities and nursing homes provide respite care.
To learn more about our support groups, training, respite care or any other service, feel free to call us at -561-588-4545.