Being vigilant about your aging parents health, well-being, and functionality is one of the most important things you can do as a family caregiver to ensure they have the care and support they need as they age in place. If you are like many caregivers, one thing you likely think about frequently is the potential for Alzheimer’s disease. Being able to detect changes in your parent’s abilities or behavior can be a valuable first step in getting them diagnosed so they can get on the course of treatment and management that is right for them. Often a change in pace or routine, such as a family reunion or gathering, is an ideal time to notice these changes as the shift in pattern illuminates difficulties, and highlights strange behaviors that could indicate a decline in cognitive functioning.
Some things to look for during a family reunion that might indicate your senior is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Difficulty recognizing family members
- Calling family members by the wrong name
- Not being able to remember the connections between family members
- Not dressing appropriately for the event, such as choosing an outfit that is way too formal, or way too casual
- Not bathing or grooming themselves before the event
- Expressing that they feel lost or confused, or asking where they are several times throughout the event if it is not being held in their home
- Not understanding the event, or thinking it is something else, such as a birthday party, wedding, or funeral
- Looking for or asking about family members who are deceased
- Not understanding the ages of family members, or thinking they are much younger than they are
- Getting anxious or upset around the family, or in the unfamiliar environment
- Asking inappropriate questions or saying inappropriate things
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your senior’s quality of life, address their needs and challenges, and support your own well-being during your caregiver journey, home care may be the ideal solution. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on the customized schedule that is right for them and for you. Highly personalized services can fill care gaps, support greater activity and independence, and encourage your aging parent to experience as much from life as possible as they age in place. As a family caregiver, knowing your aging parent has access to home care can give you greater confidence that they will be able to live a higher quality of life, and stay safer and healthier, while still giving you the time you need to focus on other elements of your life, including caring for yourself. This reduces stress, improves your relationship with your parent, and ensures the best care and support at all times.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care services in Sunnyvale, CA, please contact the caring staff at Bay Area Home Care. Call today 650-938-4031.