Anyone who has ever provided ongoing care for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia knows the daunting challenges that taking on such a role can bring. This responsibility can be a particularly heavy burden for those who play the role of a single caregiver; providing love, care and security to someone with memory challenges 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Many times, the care tasks can begin to take on a life of their own and overwhelm the caregiver if careful measures are not taken to ensure his or her emotional and physical well-being. Compromised immune systems, depression, untreated chronic illness, stress-related maladies, family conflicts, missed days of employment, and even death are not uncommon outcomes for familial care providers who do not take measures to care for themselves while caring for a loved one. Thankfully, our campus can offer support not only for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, as well as for their caregivers.
- Caregiver support is offered in several ways at our campuses, including:
- Monthly Family Forums – These Forums allow caregivers to gather, discuss and share issues and solutions. Family Forum meetings are open to all members of the community.
- Adult Day Services – Assistance is available when you need it, whether just for a few hours or 7 days a week. We can also provide Adult Night Care Services during the evening hours, based on availability.
- Respite Care – Offered to seniors who would like to stay at the campus for consecutive days and nights, from one day up to 30 days. Respite Care, like Adult Day Services, allows the caregiver the opportunity to have some time for themselves to recharge or to take care of errands and tasks that they would otherwise not be able to complete due to the demands of caregiving.
- Caregiver’s Day Off Program – A three-hour educational program designed for the home caregiver. Several knowledgeable speakers throughout the area present a variety of topics, in order to assist the Caregiver in understanding the stages of aging.
We know that caregiving takes a kind heart, a caring soul, and a strong mind. We also know that even the strongest of us need help every once in a while. To find a campus near you that offers one of these helpful programs, visit our website.