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A Friend of a Friend of a Friend: Why Professional Care Matters for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Alzheimer’s Care in Houston, TX

Alzheimer's CareWhen George was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it was quite a shock to him. Nobody in his family, as far as he knew, had ever been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia. He didn’t know the full history of everyone in his family, but to his knowledge he was the first. His doctor told him that professional care was an important component for dealing with Alzheimer’s as it progressed.

George took that statement to heart, but he didn’t fully appreciate what the doctor meant by it. He began talking to his family about the situation, about the challenges he was facing at the moment, and what he might expect, based on what he had been told by his doctor. His middle son (of three children) told him that he had a friend who knew somebody who had experience as a caregiver for somebody with Alzheimer’s. It sounded like an ideal situation considering this individual lived relatively close to George.

What they didn’t know was this particular individual didn’t really have direct experience with Alzheimer’s, but only had a grandparent who had been diagnosed with the disease when he was 10 years old. He grew up with fewer and fewer visits with his grandfather as the disease progressed, so he never really was exposed to the more significant symptoms and signs of the disease.

This friend of a friend of George’s son was out of work and looking for opportunities. They hired him because they didn’t fully appreciate the value of an experienced caregiver. As George’s disease progressed, it began to impact his daily life more and more. The caregiver hired was doing very little to provide the kind of support and assistance George required. After two years of this, George’s son decided to step in and do more homework on the subject. He realized that an experienced caregiver can make all the difference in the world to somebody with Alzheimer’s.

They decided to cut ties with this inexperienced individual and hired a caregiver through an agency, somebody who had direct experience working with numerous other elderly clients with Alzheimer’s. Immediately the difference was dramatic. During his more lucid moments, George would sometimes regret the mistake of not focusing on professional and experienced care when he had the chance.

It’s never too late to hire an experienced caregiver for somebody with Alzheimer’s, but it’s always best to begin professional care sooner rather than later.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of Alzheimer’s care in Houston, TX, contact the caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.

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