Family is a powerful force that makes experiencing the many joys of life even more special, and also makes tough times more manageable. But sometimes families need a support system, too, and that’s especially true when it comes to caring for a loved one with a memory-related condition.
If you, like millions of Americans, are currently managing a loved one’s care on your own, then you understand the demands and the level of commitment that’s required. And it’s likely, whether consciously or sub-consciously, that you realize that’s probably not the best way forward long term.
We see it all too often that while struggling under the weight of this emotional decision, too many families hesitate, or even worse, they never do decide on a proper Memory Care solution for their loved ones. So if only one point from this article really sticks with you, let it be this:
When caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another cognitive diagnosis, you shouldn’t go it alone. In fact, overcoming the stigma and asking for help can unlock in very short order a vastly improved way of life for not just your loved one, but for your entire family.
Recognize That You’re Not Alone
Today, some 43.5 million US adults are acting as sole caregivers for an aging parent. (Source: Institute on Aging) For many, it’s because of sentimental attachment and the desire to ensure a loved one’s care by administering it themselves. For others, it’s because of old or misguided perceptions about senior living and care communities; perceptions that might quickly be erased the moment they set foot in one of today’s new and more scientifically-advanced settings!
Science aside, however, the benefits of high-quality memory care services are visible at the human level each and every day. You’ll see it in the wider and more frequent smiles from your loved one, and in the more effective interactions with care professionals. But perhaps most notably, you yourself will feel liberated from the physical and emotional strain of caretaking. You’ll have more time to socialize and practice proper self-care. And you’ll feel a sense of pride and satisfaction, knowing you acted in the very best interests of your entire family.
Overcoming the Stigma of Asking for Help
Today’s seniors are living long enough to experience multiple, simultaneous health issues and depend even more on relatives for care that, let’s face it, very few are able and truly qualified to give. And that’s why a fine first step is just being honest and admitting that you can’t do it alone…and that’s fine, because we don’t work alone, either!
By joining forces at the community level, and working in close partnership with families, we utilize a team approach to deliver personalized care and the finest possible living experience for each resident. The benefits, however, don’t end there.
For families, entrusting a loved one’s daily care to a team of experienced and well-trained professionals restores normality and peace of mind. And family ties might actually grow stronger this way, as family members can remain present and actively involved in their loved one’s life, but no longer have to balance the delicate role of caretaker, nor assume full responsibility for a loved one’s day-to-day safety, wellness and personal care.
In emotional times, it’s often difficult to recognize when the best thing you can do for your loved one is to ask for help yourself. Indeed, a unified family is a great start, but when you join forces with a quality memory care provider whose mission is the same as yours—to ensure lasting happiness and lifestyle quality for your loved one(s)—you get a recipe for exceptional care.