Learning your senior parent has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating. Once the immediate shock subsides, adult children often begin wondering what to do for long-term care. After an AD diagnosis, there are several things that need immediate attention. Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Alzheimer’s care in Palm Beach, urges adult children to consider the following soon after a diagnosis.
Legal Instruments to Protect a Loved One’s Interests
While a loved one still has decision making capabilities in the aftermath of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it is important to get his or her legal interests in order. This includes executing a durable power of attorney for financial purposes as well as durable power of attorney for health care decisions. These legal instruments designate a trusted person to make financial and certain health care decisions on behalf of a senior loved one who ultimately becomes unable to make these determinations for his or her self.
Long-Term Home Care
Eventually, your aging parent won’t be able to live by his or her self. Ask your senior loved one if he or she prefers to age in place or in an assisted living facility. Most seniors prefer to remain in the comfort of their own home, which is also more beneficial for seniors with Alzheimer’s. If your senior loved one wants to remain in his or her own home, consider Palm Beach live-in home care. Or, if your senior loved one moves in with you, find an hourly caregiver who can be there when you aren’t.
Odds are, when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he or she currently drives. A candid conversation must be had about establishing milestones for when your senior loved one will stop driving. Consider putting these milestones in written form as a sort of agreement between the diagnosed individual and his or her loved ones. This conversation will be difficult for most seniors. Remember to consider his or her feelings, take a break if the conversation isn’t going well, and realize it might take more than one conversation.
Having a Family Plan
Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect the senior diagnosed. After a senior loved one is diagnosed, sit down with the whole family and develop a master family plan. Such a plan can include which family members are going to be responsible for certain tasks or duties, tips for dealing with symptoms of Alzheimer’s as it progresses, and new activities family members can do with your senior loved one at various stages of the disease.
If your senior loved one needs Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Palm Beach Home Care. We have expertly trained, reliable Alzheimer’s caregivers available 24/7. Every caregiver receives ongoing training in the most up-to-date care practices and Home Care Assistance never requires you to sign a long-term contract. For more information, call (561) 429-8292 to speak with a friendly and experienced Care Manager.