In the early days of diagnosis and the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a caregiver is capable of sufficiently providing for their loved one.
The person within their care is often able to continue as they always have. They keep up with regular hygiene, can dispense their own medications, bathe and feed themselves, and may even still drive. However, as time and the disease progress, the responsibility of the caregiver increases.
Perhaps the caregiver works a full- or part-time job. Each morning, they might walk out the door with fear and trembling, worrying throughout the day about the spouse or parent they were forced to leave home alone.
The dilemma of what to do next
Eventually, the caregiver will have to make a decision about outside help.
If you're in this situation, maybe it’s not your job that has you contemplating seeking assistance. Perhaps you find it impossible to continue providing care because you’re physically unable to do so. It’s also possible that the disease has caused your loved one to become combative, and they are a danger to you, themselves, and other family members. We make the difficult decision to employ a nursing facility for multiple reasons.
It may be a last-straw scenario that drives you, but you have legitimate reasons to find placement for your loved one. Still, making the decision is grueling. You may be overwhelmed with guilt, but in your heart of hearts you know that all other options have been sought, tried, and eliminated. The time has come.
So, what’s the next step in finding a new and safe setting where your loved one will have the appropriate care?
Carers often don’t know what to do next. A nursing facility can quickly deplete