Even though spring has just started, it’s time to think about summer plans. This is especially true when you are providing care and support for somebody with Alzheimer’s. Dealing with this disease is going to be challenging and the struggles are going to increase as time marches on.
Many family members are the ones who step up and take care of their loved ones.
It could be a spouse or an adult child who happens to live in the area. Whoever it is will likely be looking forward to summer months ahead and the opportunity to go on vacation. Whether that vacation is just a long weekend to the beach, to an amusement park, or to visit a city or country they’ve always wanted to go to, that means they will be away from that senior with Alzheimer’s for at least a few days.
What’s going to happen in the meantime?
Will that senior have the right type of care and support on hand? What if he or she needs help getting to the doctor? What if they have difficulty getting out of bed? What if their memory loss is so significant that it causes their family members to have concerns about their safety?
This can cause a lot of family caregivers to give up their summer vacation plans altogether. While it may be tempting to try and encourage the senior to take the trip with you, that may not be the best course of action, especially if he or she is not too keen on the idea.
Leaving their home means leaving their sense of comfort. It can cause a great deal of anxiety and stress. That stress and anxiety can lead to extreme fear and even aggressive outbursts.
That doesn’t mean family caregivers can’t go away.
They certainly can, and they should. What it means is they need to begin planning properly for summer vacations. That means considering the prospect of hiring a home care aide, even if it’s only for a few days or a couple of weeks while they’re away.
The senior may not be too keen on the idea of having a complete stranger coming to their home, but by planning now, it increases the likelihood the senior will have somebody with whom he or she is comfortable and even give them an opportunity to meet with this caregiver several times with their family members there to support them before they head away on vacation.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Sugar Land, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.
He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.
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