Care for family members

A member of the close relationship that is affected by Alzheimer's disease may represent a heavy burden. Often you feel relatively helpless and can do nothing to cure for people fond of. However, patients are dependent on the help of others. Every second patient himself spouse or the children explain willing to take this care and sacrifice it literally on. In the center of life, the care of relatives engaged. A 24 hour job. It is beautiful and good to be there for each other, but too few are thinking of himself. According to a survey about 20 per cent of carers have mental disorders. In this paper, therefore, various tips and easing the financial burden for caregivers are given in order to be able to still live a relaxed life for themselves. To seek help does not mean going to show weakness, but the courage to own up to the difficulty of the situation to deal with.

"Only he who takes good care of himself, can take good care of others". This statement should take many people to heart. By the time you feel rushed, not feared everything to create very tired falls into bed while sleeping poorly, signs of overheating are available. The congestion consumed not only by their forces, but also increases their aggressiveness potential. This change in behavior only hurts the loved ones around which they wanted to take care actually. So take a little time and think about the following advice after.

First of all, the collection of information is an important aid. Members should share not only with the attending physician, but also with other people about the disease and so for themselves first understand what it means to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. In addition, there are many reports of relatives, literature or advice that may be formative for his own dealings with the patient. For example, it is not the purpose of the care the patient remove all decisions and to isolate him. As long as the person is capable of autonomous actions, and actions, that person should also do this alone as possible. Through a praise of the members is enlarged its joy and he feels even their own. Also helps a controlled workflow to the patient's sense of security and orientation to maintain. But do not be afraid of conflict, because this can not be avoided when dealing with Alzheimer's patients.


Consulting services


For example, in Alzheimer societies experts advise interested parties of the disease, its symptoms and give advice in addition to legal and financial issues. A list of existing counseling centers can be found here. This will be displayed from their surroundings nearby counseling centers. How to view the corresponding sites already on the Internet and collect the first information. A list of potential counseling agencies can be found in our portal. Use this link.


Members of groups


Unlike counseling centers primarily concerned nurses come in groups for relatives to share information and experiences with other caregivers together. Persons who are in a similar situation, as a self, are trustworthy, credible and talks open in the rule. This relative groups are usually guided by professionals to avoid conflicts in the group and to have an objective facilitator who can also report new medical knowledge.


Patient Help


Ambulatory aids are the only point of contact with a care in the home environment is possible. Trained volunteers come against a small fee, in the individual situations and support both the members and the patient. Sometimes can be taken even individual nursing tasks.


Support groups


A relief for a short-term and regular support might provide the support groups. Supported by specialists take volunteers of patients for a few hours, and allow members to do important things, such as office corridors or purchases. Since this property is relatively young and is working on a volunteer basis, it is geographically not available everywhere.


Day care


The care in the home environment means first of all safety and orientation for the patient. Unfortunately, very few families can lift a continuing care, because there are still other commitments. Also the care of a patient is also correspondingly expensive. For example, some family members have to go to work. In such a situation, it is possible to give the patient in a day care on an hourly basis. Thus, patients in the evening, weekend or holiday periods in the familiar home environment can return. Ideally provided at the time of care not only for safety but also for the activity and independence of the patient.


Home Care


Although many carers make to care for those affected in all stages of the disease in the home environment, a situation may arise in which a home care is not possible despite support from eg. Ambulatory aids. For this situation, there are special devices that receive the one hand, those affected full-time, on the other hand, by the spatial configuration and the trained personnel to ensure the safety of the patient. In most cases, better than you can handle it alone at home. Some facilities even try to continue to promote the independence and activity to slow disease progression.


Short-term care


Especially important for caregivers is the ability to take a break from caring. Some facilities occupy dementia for some time, one to several days, and to provide them accordingly. So the members can do something for your health and engage in other important activities.

Total, there are a variety of points of contact for members who want to maintain their own relatives and feel so overwhelmed. And remember: making a call for help is not a disgrace.



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