CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES
Following the CDC’s recent COVID-19 recommendations for older adults, the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center is suspending all upcoming in-person support groups, events and workshops.
For additional support, please call us at (561) 588-4545

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC
Florida Department of Health

We know how extremely beneficial support and education are for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, especially in these challenging and unpredictable times. We are working to create new ways to bring you programs that provide resources, information, and guidance. Below are details on some of the ways in which we have modified our programs:

  • We are offering support groups by phone, facilitated by our knowledgeable staff. These telephone support groups will continue our goal to provide caregivers with the emotional support and education they need to better understand and manage Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
     
  • As always, our Caregiver Helpline 855-476-7600  is available 24/hrs per day.  Our highly skilled care counselors are available to provide support and resources during this very trying time. Additionally, our web chat feature is open from 8:30am – 5pm.

     

  • We will be delivering valuable information and guidance through online classes and webinars.

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Tips to help you through social distancing

Tips to help you through social distancing

During this unprecedented time, we are providing regular advice and practical tips for people living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and the caregivers supporting them.

Stay connected

One of the hardest things about staying at home for so long is feeling isolated. Staying in touch with family and friends will help you (and them) get through this challenging time. It helps everyone cope better with daily life.

Connect with the people who matter to you by phone, mail, text, email, or Skype, using whichever method is most comfortable for you and your loved ones. Apps and social media platforms that allow you to use video calling such as Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, and Zoom might be worth a try. Seeing someone’s face, as well as hearing their voice can make you feel closer.

Consider arranging a regular day and time to connect, which helps provide structure and something to look forward to.

Develop a routine

A daily routine will make staying at home easier. It can help your loved one with Alzheimer’s know what to expect on a given day and feel less anxious, especially if they are worried by everything in the news.

Try the following:

  • Put together a regular schedule – you might also find it easier and more reassuring to do things at the same time each day or week.
  • Keep things simple – simplify your routine or daily tasks to make them more manageable.
  • Take things one step at a time – try to focus on one thing at a time and break each task down into smaller steps.
  • Keep active – staying active can help fight off frustration and boredom. It may also help your loved one stay engaged and contented throughout the day.

We know being a caregiver can be tough, but you don’t have to face it alone. The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center provides you with FREE information, education, and support on your journey. Call our Caregiver Helpline for assistance: 855-476-7600

 

Caregiving During Coronavirus

Caregiving During Coronavirus

We understand the challenge of trying to weigh the risk of having the help you need, versus the incredible demands of caregiving all by yourself

Given the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, many families might be wondering what to do about having outside professional help come into their homes. We understand the challenge of trying to weigh the risk of having the help you need, versus the incredible demands of caregiving all by yourself. Here are some of the questions you might want to ask yourself if you are considering that difficult decision:

  • Does your loved one with dementia need personal care, such as help with dressing, bathing, and toileting?
  • Do you need some relief from providing all the personal care yourself?
  • Do you need some “time off?” Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed?
  • Do you have other close relatives or friends who have not been around other people and can help?
  • Is your loved one in fairly good health otherwise?
  • Is your loved one able to cooperate with the hygiene requirements of the coronavirus (washing hands for 20 seconds, coughing into elbow, etc.)?
  • What extra precautions has the company your caregiver works for put into place to ensure workers are healthy?
  • Does the professional caregiver know and follow the standards for providing hygienic care and preventing the spread of infection?
  • Is the professional caregiver serving multiple clients?
 
What if your loved one with dementia is in a facility? Should you bring them home with you? Here are a few things to consider:
  • Would you be able to provide all the care which is currently provided by three shifts of caregivers at the facility? For example, special meals, bathing, grooming, toileting, activities.
  • Do you have family or friends that can help you and provide you with respite time/time off?
  • Will your loved one be confused by the change in environment and routine? This can potentially cause very difficult behaviors
  • Will you experience additional stress having your loved one home with you?
  • Is the facility following the medical guidelines for infection control?
  • Are you generally satisfied with the care that your loved one is receiving?
Your own well-being, mental and emotional health are key, especially now. If you need assistance, then don’t hesitate to ask. And don’t forget, be thoughtful and consistent with disinfecting and washing, and know that you are doing the best you can to keep yourself and your loved one with dementia safe.
 

If you want to talk to someone about these issues or any other challenges you are facing during this difficult time, please call our Caregiver Helpline at 855-476-7600.

Coronavirus Safety: How to Take Care of Yourself and Others

How to take care of yourself and others

As we are all closely watching what is happening with coronavirus, it is important that caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s are taking care of themselves and being proactive to stay healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people in the United States have a low risk for catching the coronavirus. However, it’s always a good idea to be prepared, especially if you are a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

Whether your loved one lives at home or in a facility, you may have concerns about the coronavirus. Here are some practical ways to help lower your chances of getting coronavirus and help keep your family safe:

It’s important not to panic or to alarm your person with dementia, who can pick up on your emotions, even if they don’t understand the reasons behind them.

    • If they have heard or read something in the news, offer reassurance that you are working on ways to keep them safe and healthy.
    • There is no need to discuss the virus with your person with dementia unless they start a conversation. However, it is important to always keep a close eye on good hygiene practices like hand washing, and repeat reminders – try to be as patient as you can.
    • Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for serious illness. Recommendations for your person with dementia include:
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Try singing “Happy Birthday” two times to make sure you are washing your hands long enough.
      • Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) with you. If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer.
      • Try to not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash. Don’t reuse tissues.
      • Clean and disinfect things that are often touched. It is okay to use regular household cleaning sprays or wipes.
      • Stay at home as much as possible.
      • Make sure you have several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for a long period of time.
      • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, try to stay away from people, and wash your hands often.
      • Avoid crowds; the more people you are around, the more likely you can catch something.
      • Check with the facility to make sure that they are keeping up to date on the latest health measures that need to be taken in group living spaces and follow their rules.
    • Don’t forget that even though you may be more worried now than usual, it is important to find moments of relaxation and enjoyment in the day. Listen to music, watch a favorite movie, or connect with others by phone or on the computer.
    • If you or the person you’re caring for become sick, call your doctor or healthcare provider and ask them what you should do. Going to the doctor for a regular cold may not be the best thing for an older person.
    • Finally, learn more about the disease from accurate and factual news sources and try not to get caught up in social media rumors:
      • The CDC site has the most recent information.

If you want to talk to someone about these issues or any other challenges you are facing during this difficult time, please call our Caregiver Helpline at 855-476-7600.

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