While there is no recipe for knowing exactly when the time is right to add in-home care to help a loved one, some indicators can serve as strong signals. Memory loss caused by dementia and Alzheimer’s can have an unpredictable progression. Planning for eventualities will insure that putting elder care into place is more fluid.
When the Burden of Care Becomes Too Great
Nobody said it would be easy to care for a loved one with dementia. In fact, it’s often said among families who have a senior at home with memory loss that it’s hard– and it just gets harder as the disease progresses. Caregivers experience more stress than other family members, and may be struggling with their own health problems, or else are juggling a job and raising children.
As residents of Kansas City and Johnson County, our Heartland values prompt us to do what’s right for our spouses and our family. We want what is best for them as they age.
Here are some signs that it’s time to get help with a loved one who has memory loss:
- Medications are being missed
- Behaviors are becoming erratic
- Sundowning—anxious behavior when the sun sets
- More dependence on the caregiver, following the caregiver around the house
- Unwillingness to eat or exercise
- Depression in the loved one or the caregiver
- Wandering or getting lost in familiar places
If your loved one with dementia shows signs like these, it’s time to engage a professional to help. Kansas City Home Care has services that range from part-time help to full time care. Our skilled professionals are available 365 days of the year. Please contact us to find out how we can help your family.