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Have You Discussed End of Life Wishes with The Senior Dealing with Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a terminal disease. Currently there is no cure and the average life expectancy is between eight and 10 years, upon diagnosis (Alzheimer’s Association). During the earliest years after diagnosis, an elderly person and his or her family may be positive for the most part because the memory loss that begins to impact daily life is, essentially, relatively minor, at least in comparison to what it will become as the disease progresses.

Alzheimer's Care in Far West Houston TX: End of Life Wishes

Alzheimer’s Care in Far West Houston TX: End of Life Wishes

At some point in time, though, end-of-life discussions need to be broached.

Most people don’t want to discuss end-of-life care, options, or preferences. That’s because they don’t really want to talk about what will happen in five, seven, eight years, or some other number. It could even be a matter of just a couple of years left, based on how long ago somebody was diagnosed.

Some people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have lived more than 20 years with the disease while others have only managed to squeeze out a few extra years of their life.

End-of-life care will become essential to providing comfort.

Comfort can avoid a great deal of stress and anxiety. When somebody is dealing with any type of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is one form, excessive stress and anxiety can lead to aggressive tendencies. This could result in verbal or physical aggression. This elderly person might begin saying some incredibly harsh things to their closest family and friends, including a spouse with whom they’ve lived most of their adult life.

There will likely come a time when memory loss is so significant they are easily confused, disoriented, and anxious. One of the best things anyone can do in these types of circumstances is talk about adequate care and support.

Yes, family can be a great asset, but nothing is more beneficial than home care services.

Experienced home care aides and even home health care nurses could be instrumental at keeping this elderly person safe and secure as well as comfortable within their own home. A person may believe it’s their responsibility to take care of their aging parent or spouse, but as Alzheimer’s progresses the challenges will become monumental. It will not only affect the senior dealing with this disease but their immediate family and support network.

While no one really wants to talk about end-of-life care, it’s important to understand the wishes of this senior while they are still cogent and lucid and able to express what they would like to happen when they struggle just to recognize the people around them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Far West Houston, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.

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Donna Wrabel

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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