Posted on Jan 16, 2013
Caregiver Resolutions for Families Impacted by Dementia and In Home Dementia Care
“But they need me”. Does that sound familiar to you? You’ve probably said some version of that to yourself, your spouse, your friends, and your children more times than you can count since becoming a caregiver. And when dementia or Alzheimer’s falls into the mix, it can almost become a mantra. While it is true, it also can become a phrase that overtakes your life in an unhealthy way. After all, you’ll struggle to fully care for someone else if you forget about your own wellness. This year, avoid caregiver burnout by extending yourself some grace. Make a few resolutions that enable you to stay refreshed and cared for, while fitting into the lifestyle and schedule of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Know what you need, and commit to accommodating for it.
In 2013, make recharging a priority when assisting a loved one coping with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Because of the intensity of providing the level of care that may be required for a loved one coping with dementia or Alzheimer’s, it is often difficult for even a loving family member to provide all of the around the clock assistance that the relative may need. It is very important to not only be very aware of your loved one’s needs, but of your own needs as the primary family caregiver. It is not uncommon for a spouse or children of the affected individual to feel that they have an impossible choice between being utterly overwhelmed or feeling they are betraying their relative by sending them to a nursing home or assisted living facility. This is where in home dementia care from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara comes into play. The highly trained and compassionate caregivers can provide the respite needed and create a much needed balance in your family’s life. If you would like more information about in home dementia care in your area, call 805-687-7777 today! Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara proudly offers Alzheimer's and dementia support services to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.