Alzheimer’s Caregiving: How To Ask For Help
Alzheimer’s caregiving isn’t a one-person task — and friends and loved ones may be more willing to help than you’d think. Here’s help reaching out.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Alzheimer’s caregiving is a tough job, and it’s too much for one person to handle alone. No one is equipped to care for another person 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you’re caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease, understand the stress you’re facing — and know how to ask for help.
At first, you may be able to meet your loved one’s needs yourself. This may last months or even years, depending on how quickly the disease progresses and your own mental and physical health. Eventually, however, your loved one will need more help with everyday tasks such as eating, bathing and toileting. And just as the physical demands of Alzheimer’s caregiving increase, so can the emotional toll.
Challenging dementia-related behaviors can strain the coping skills of even the most patient and understanding Alzheimer’s caregiver.
Alzheimer’s home care counselors at Andelcare are available to talk with you and your family about care needs for your loved one, including, how to reduce caregiver stress while providing affordable and quality care. Andelcare is a home care agency providing Alzheimer’s Home Care in Seattle WA and surrounding communities.