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.
*Names changed for anonymity
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While all our offices work together as a team, contacting the location closest to where care is needed is best. 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 find solutions.
Located just 20 miles outside of Manhattan, our office in Great Neck is right at home in this quaint, upscale town. Servicing all of Nassau and Suffolk counties, our team here is well-equipped to meet the high standards of one of the country’s most affluent areas. There is a high demand for our in-home care services here and our clients love the area for its pristine golf courses and proximity to the Long Island Sound, perhaps best known as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for “The Great Gatsby.”
Given the large number of nursing and rehabilitation facilities on Long Island – over 50 nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Suffolk and Nassau counties alone – we at LifeWorx have had to educate ourselves on the importance of long-term care insurance here in the region and proudly serving both Nassau and Suffolk counties with professional elder in-home care. We are here to serve as the liaison between you and your long-term care policy, so you can focus on what’s important: spending time with those you love in the long term.
Southampton is located on the South Fork of Long Island in Suffolk County, NY. Located along the Hamptons shoreline, Southampton is one of New York’s longest and most respected locations. It is one of the largest hamlets in The Hamptons. Southampton has all the amenities a person could want in a beautiful nautical setting.
The luxurious destination boasts beautiful beaches, high-end shops, top-rated restaurants, and lavish accommodations. There is a Long Island Rail Road station that will take you to Midtown Manhattan in approximately 2 hours. Today South Hampton is a nationally renowned beach resort, attracting some of the wealthiest people to Long Island’s East End during the warm and beautiful months.
1) Enjoy a beach day – Above all, the Hamptons are best known for their beaches. White sand, plenty of room to spread out, picturesque waves, and the offering of public beaches. The most popular beach in Southampton is Coopers Beach. It’s kid-friendly, with an on-duty lifeguard and a bathhouse with restrooms, showers, and food.
2) Walk and Shop at Main Street – The Village of Southampton has one of the best downtown strips in all the Hamptons. Here you will find chic boutiques, historic buildings, and popular restaurants with outdoor seating on brick-lined sidewalks. From antique shops to upscale boutiques, and home décor to sporting goods, there’s so much to uncover in Southampton’s downtown area.
3) Learn about Southampton’s History – If you’d like to understand the area’s history, a visit to the Southampton History Museum is a must. There are seven historical sites that grace the museum’s property including blacksmith and carpentry shops, a country store, a saloon, an apothecary, etc. The museum is open year-round with seasonal hours.
4) Visit The Parrish Art Museum – The Parrish Art Museum showcases beautiful pieces from the 1800s to today. The museum focuses primarily on the South and North Forks of Long Island. The museum also hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, highlighting the work of established and emerging artists.
5) Enjoy seasonal and locally grown produce from Hank’s Farmstand and Hank’s Pumpkintown – Hank’s Farmstand is famous in the Hamptons as a haven for family fun during the summer through the holidays. During the summer months, Hank’s Farmstand is open June through Mid-September. Hank’s Pumpkintown runs from about mid-September through Halloween.
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