My Recommended Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

My Recommended Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is much more challenging than most people realize. The stress of taking over a dementia patient’s financial and personal responsibilities, as well as managing their care is exhausting.   During the later stages of the disease, patients with dementia need continual help as they lose the ability to bathe or carry out simple tasks without assistance, such as wiping after going to the bathroom. Once the disease progresses to late-stage Alzheimer's, the person will eventually lose the ability to eat, swallow, and walk and will also be susceptible to infections such as pneumonia. Finding trustworthy professional help in the home can be expensive and burdensome.   However, there are some resources and organizations out there to help caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Following are some you may find useful: The Laona M. Kitchen Foundation provides support for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. The foundation was established by Gary Kitchen to honor his late mother, Laona, who passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 at the age of 90. The organization is funded through a combination of donations and fundraisers, which include an annual golf tournament and casino night.   One of the ways the LMK Foundation helps caregivers of dementia patients is through its Respite Care Voucher program. The voucher, up to the value of $500, may be used for day care, in-home care, or a short respite stay for your loved one to give you a well-deserved break.    Another excellent resource for Alzheimer’s caregivers is the Eldercare Locator, a nationwide service that connects caregivers with agencies and resources in their local communities. The organization assists caregive
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