Many caregivers worry about the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease because they’re not sure what to expect. This time can be unpredictable in many ways, but there are some general issues that you are very likely to experience. Helping your elderly family member at this time is likely going to be emotionally taxing for you, so make sure that self-care is part of your plan.
Your Aging Adult Needs a Great Deal of Assistance Moving.
Moving and walking can be very difficult for your loved one. As a result, she may need the help of assistive devices or you in order to move around. Learning how to move your senior safely can help you to avoid injuring yourself when you help her. Putting yourself out of commission doesn’t help either of you.
She Also Needs a Lot of Help with Personal Care Tasks.
Personal care tasks also become more difficult for your elderly family member to handle. They may become so difficult that you have to help her to manage them at all levels. These types of tasks involve bathing, dressing, and even eating. The majority of your day is likely to be spent helping your aging adult manage personal care.
Illnesses Can Be an Issue.
Your aging family member’s immune system may also be weaker than it has been. This can leave her vulnerable to illnesses and infections that might have otherwise been no big deal to fight off. Now, however, she may be at risk for significant health issues. Work with your elderly family member’s doctor to help you manage her health carefully.
You’ll Need Much More Help.
Managing all of these new issues on your own just isn’t as possible as you may want it to be. You’ll need to have access to much more help than you currently have. This could mean that other family members are pitching in more often, but it’s far more likely that you’ll be working more closely with home care providers who have experience with these issues.
Work closely with your elderly family member’s doctor so that you can find the right combination of treatments to help keep your senior comfortable as she deals with these issues.