No illness is more debilitating and worrisome than Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s heartbreaking when a parent fails to recognize you, or his or her personality changes. It also makes the caregiving process a bit more challenging, so our dementia home care professionals always account for the illness-related behavior.
Although there are currently thousands of Alzheimer’s research initiatives, by most estimates, a cure is almost a decade away. That means the best we can do is to slow the progression of the disease as much as possible. Dr. Fillit, Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and LifeWorx Advisory Board Member, recommends taking these steps:
A LifeWorx Alzheimer’s and dementia home care professional can make sure your loved one has all the above. Take, for instance, Claire*, who called us one day from Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan. In a shaky voice, she told us that her husband, Tom*, was sitting at the park, refusing to return home. We recommended she just go be with him where he was. She obliged and promised to be back in touch. A few minutes later, she called again and said she was afraid of Tom, who was a large man.
Claire and Tom had loved each other for more than 40 years, but he was now suffering from a serious case of Alzheimer’s, which was rapidly worsening of late. Somehow, they had ended up in the park outside their apartment, wondering what their next steps would be. We told Claire that we would send over an Alzheimer’s care professional who would know how to positively persuade her husband, understand the changes in his thinking and moods, and be a friend.
Tom and his new caregiver hit it off within an hour, and as they did, Tom calmed down. The caregiver immediately began dementia home care with Tom. Later, Claire called again and thanked us, saying she had slept well that night. These days, the caregiver is a constant companion, even traveling with Claire and Tom to their vacation home. “I feel like I have my life back,” Claire said.
Being the spouse of someone with Alzheimer’s is difficult, as is being that person’s child. You’re troubled by your loved one’s illness, and it becomes more complex and unpredictable to interact with him or her. Sometimes it’s difficult to disengage emotionally, but it’s best to do so, and often to employ an intermediary as well. There’s no doubt that home care for elderly people with dementia can be difficult. But Alzheimer’s care professionals have taken care of a wide variety of Alzheimer’s patients, from those who are sweet and kind to those who are deeply frustrated. They understand that in difficult moments, it is the illness speaking and not the person. They shrug off these tough times and put their heart into providing the care your loved one needs.
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While all our offices work together as a team, it is best to contact the location closest to where care is needed. Its care coordinators and office staff are familiar with the available pool of local caregivers and can provide the most fitting candidates for you. If you or a loved one needs companion care, you may be worried, feel sad, and have lots of questions. Our consultations are free, and we welcome the opportunity to help you and find solutions.
Situated just west of Palm Beach along the Intracoastal Waterway, West Palm Beach is one of the three largest cities that make up the South Florida region, and the central city of Palm Beach County. Home to a breathtaking waterfront, bustling entertainment districts, and scenic neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is a lot more than just palm trees and beaches.
West Palm Beach is combined with a more refined and relaxed environment for living and working. It’s separated from neighboring Palm Beach by the Lake Worth Lagoon. At South Florida, you have access to everything, and attracts people from across the country. Our office makes it easy for our clients to meet us to discuss their needs privately in person.
1) Stay All Day in Jupiter Beach Park – There’s plenty to do at Jupiter Beach Park. It lies three minutes east of the Jupiter Dunes Golf Course and is direct across from the lovely Dubois Park. If you haven’t tried inlet fishing this is the perfect first spot to go. This 46-acre park has plenty of amenities: including lifeguards, a volleyball court, picnic areas, grills, restrooms, and outdoor showers.
2) Climb the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse – The historic 105-foot red Jupiter lighthouse is one of the few Florida lighthouses you can climb. There’s a whole complex of activities around the lighthouse. Today, the lighthouse and its museum are operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society Visiting this breathtakingly beautiful tourist attraction, deemed an Outstanding Natural Area, is one of the best things to do in Jupiter.
3) Explore Clematis Street –Clematis Street is a trendy destination that’s home to some of the city’s most popular eateries, galleries, and shops. There are year-round happenings and views at Clematis Street where the scenic waterfall is located.
4) Snorkeling at Coral Cove Reef – Coral Cove Reef is best known as “the place” to learn to snorkel because of the calm water and plentiful wildlife. Coral Cove Reef consists of two acres of inspiring and massive artificial reefs located in the Blowing Rocks Preserve. The 15-acre beach is lifeguard protected and has a large picnic area with grills and tables, as well as a playground.
5) Learn about Loxahatchee Wildlife at The River Center – This is the perfect place to learn and appreciate more about the Loxahatchee River and the wildlife it contains. A great place to educate children as the river Center has live aquatic tanks and interactive exhibits. This is a very diverse site, the center hosts summer internships for those who enjoy working with children.
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