Dementia is often a scary disease, full of unknowns. When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it can send the whole family into a tailspin. At A & A Aging Life Care, we know first-hand how overwhelming that diagnosis can be. This is why we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping families in North Carolina establish a plan to bring them some peace of mind as the disease progresses.
Here are 5 tips for creating a care plan for a loved one suffering from dementia:
- Start early. One of the most difficult experiences when watching a loved one suffer through dementia is being robbed of time. It is so important to start working on a plan as soon as possible so the person suffering from dementia can have the most say in their care in Raleigh before the disease progresses.
- Talk to experts. By experts, we mean both professionals within the field in the Triangle and people who have walked through dementia with a family member. Hearing other people’s experiences can help you make practical and emotional preparations.
- Have the tough conversations. It can be difficult to have conversations about dementia care, but it’s even more difficult to have to make choices on someone’s behalf without knowing their wishes. What does the patient want? What can the caregivers give? At what point is it ok to move the patient to a care facility and which ones are best for your situation? Does the affected person want a living will?
- Make it legal. Work with an experienced attorney to establish power of attorney and create a will that includes instructions for care as the disease progresses.
- Surround yourself with support. Aside from enlisting an aging care specialist to advocate for the patient and the family, surround yourself with a team of people who will support you through the journey. This includes support for caregivers as well. Remember to build in some joy and good times into the journey, even though it’s a stressful time.
Dementia means a whole new way of life and a whole new way of thinking about your loved one. At A & A Aging Life Care, we help families navigate through this new world in the Raleigh, NC area. Contact us to get started on a dementia care plan.