The Stages of Alzheimer’s and When to Ask for Help
If you are a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease, you may notice a slow progression of the condition. In the beginning, your loved one does not require much assistance. And then, as the symptoms become more apparent, the need for help to complete daily tasks is more apparent.
As you navigate the early stages of Alzheimer’s with your loved one, make plans for long-term care. When prepared with a home care plan or well-researched residential care home, you will feel empowered to make the right decision for your family.
Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
When your loved one is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they are aware of the diagnosis. They understand when they forget something. Little by little, the lapses in memory increase, like the patient coming home from the grocery store without several items on the list or forgetting to take daily medication.
When they travel, they may have trouble navigating a new city. Your family will start to notice repeated stories or mismatched shoes.
Progressed Alzheimer’s Symptoms
As the disease progresses, your loved one will become disoriented in a familiar place. For example, they will not know how to find their way home during their routine walk. They may become upset or confused when you remind them of their diagnosis.
Living with someone with Alzheimer’s can become increasingly challenging. At one point, you cannot leave your loved one home alone as they may wander off or suffer from a fall or injury and not remember to call someone for help.
When to Ask for Help
If your loved one’s symptoms progress to the point where they are unsafe in your home, it is time to look into a residential care facility. You can tour the homes and find a place that welcomes visitors, has a reputation for excellent care, and works with your specific needs. Each Alzheimer’s patient is different.
Contact Bonita Springs Healthcare Services
Meet with our team at Bonita Springs Healthcare Services for questions about your loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease. We can discuss your loved one’s stage and help you be proactive about signing up for professional care at the right time.
Meet with our healthcare professionals and visit the facility to be sure you are making the right decision. Come prepared with questions from the primary care physician to be sure our professionals are up to the task. Give us a chance to show our expertise and gain your trust as you make care plans for your cherished loved one.
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