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Oten, the victim of Alzheimers are those families who struggle to cope with a loved one who no longer recognizes them. Therapy is an important part of this process.



There are some good full-time Alzheimer’s nursing homes in every community. Put your relative’s name on the list as soon as symptoms start to surface, as there are waiting lists galore. Even if you don’t intend to place your loved one, you have a chance to change your mind if and when an opening comes about. Trained occupational therapists will work with your parent and in small groups will train their brains to exercise, physically become more capable and start them on a training programme. The nurses will make sure that your relative will receive all medications as prescribed by your doctor, and that the patient eats, has sufficient liquids, changes his or her clothes daily and bathes regularly.
It is almost a big weight off your shoulder to place your loved one in such a facility which should be overseen by the government and be registered with the state. If you have any questions or concerns then you can ask the head nurse, try to come to a resolution or speak to the manager of the home. Ask your doctor for a reference of which facility he would recommend if it was his mother or father. Go for visits often during different times of the day to make random spot checks to make sure that your parent or loved one is receiving the best possible care.
There are many support groups and counselors who are specifically trained to work with Alzheimer’s patients and their families. A support group would be most beneficial to those members of the family who are on the front line of caring for the patient and it acts as a sounding board with friendly connections for members who seek out answers. Counseling and occupational therapists can offer more programs in your city or town which is a necessary step in helping your loved one.

 

More Senior Health Care Information Near Santa Ana can be found here:

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Finally, the Alzheimer’s patient can become ill with other conditions such as pneumonia or influenza and perhaps be bedridden. They may succumb to these secondary diseases but no one usually dies of Alzheimer’s itself. Take care of yourself and of your loved one and you will have done the best you can.

Coping With Alzheimer's. Santa Ana CA

                    Alzheimer’s is a ravaging disease of the mind and it robs an otherwise healthy individual of their memory and mental stability in their later years. Alzheimer’s usually begins in the age group of 65-90 years, but it has also been noted in younger patients in their forties or fifties, called early-onset Alzheimer’s. Everyone knows someone whose parent or grandparent has had Alzheimer’s and how this condition can steal away a loving member of your family with little notice.
Alzheimer’s is now believed to be a disconnection in the nerve endings of the fore-brain which is responsible for our thought processes and long or short-term memory. The nerve endings somehow become entangled or deadened and they cannot form a true connection. Thus, the patient of Alzheimer’s gradually loses his or her short term memory, such as phone numbers, people’s names, the house or address or where they left their keys. It is a gradual, but steady decline in memory and general functioning which can be treated with medication.  However they can recall being a soldier in WWII or raising a family, but they won’t know that you are one of their children. It is very devastating.
Not only will they not recognize their own children or siblings, but they will become very frustrated and angry that they cannot do the ordinary things they used to do quite capably. They often become very strong and lash out at whoever is in the room or house. Your relative might not be able to understand simple instructions or how to pay the bills, cook on the stove or remember to take a bath. You might find their purse or wallet in the freezer and their pills in the oven. They have no cognition for what they do or where they leave something. If you ask them about these errors they can become very upset or aggravated. Patience is a very necessary virtue in living with an Alzheimer’s patient.
When you can no longer allow your relative or parent live on their own for safety’s sake, then it is up to you and your family to make some difficult decisions. One daughter might offer to take in a mother but be aware that she cannot do the job without some tangible help. She will need another sibling or trusted relative to give her respite or time off for a few hours several times a week to run errands, buy groceries or have her own down time with her friends. No one can do this care-giving job alone.
Studies have shown that the worst scenario with Alzheimer’s patients is the downfall of the caregiver. If the elderly husband refuses to place his wife in a long-term care facility, then he risks becoming rundown and ill himself. He could end up with a stroke or a heart attack and then you have two ill parents. Registered trained nurse caregivers can come to the house to assist with bathing and changing of bandages or diapers but resources are so scarce that even that little bit of time is at risk.