Here are three important questions to ask if your aging loved one has been diagnosed with a form of dementia.
What Training Do I Need?
When a loved one in your care is experiencing dementia, the first thing to do is reach out to local healthcare resources for education and training. The temperament of people suffering from a form of dementia can change very quickly, turning hurtful or even violent. But there are ways to interact with them to help keep them calm. Contact their healthcare provider for suggestions or referrals.
Do I Have the Legal Standing to Care for Them?
Does your loved one have a will or living will in place? Do you have a healthcare power of attorney for them? These are documents that must be created and signed before their dementia progresses to the point where it totally distorts their thinking. The documents will allow you to care for them according to their original wishes and avoid strife within the family should disagreements arise. Contact an Elder Law attorney as soon as possible to craft these documents.
How Can I Get Help?
Caring for an aging loved one can be exhausting, but an aging loved one with a form of dementia is an even greater challenge. Start planning now for self-care. You can’t care for someone else if your physical and mental health are depleted. Find out about respite care options in your area to give yourself the rest you’re going to need.
Putting these measures in place now can ensure that you are prepared for the road ahead. You’ll create a support net for the future. Often, the entire family is in a more peaceful and understanding position emotionally, mentally and physically for the well-being of all with these areas of advance planning in place.
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