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.
Approximately 35 miles from our Sarasota Office, St. Petersburg is located on a large peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and has the perfect selection of white sandy beaches, top-tier dining, and nature exploration. At St. Petersburg, you’ll experience a lively cultural scene where it offers a supercharged getaway in paradise. The downtown waterfront became the focal point of the city and is still true today.
1) Stroll along St. Pete Pier – This is known to be the anchor of the highly anticipated St. Pete Pier District which stretches out along 26 acres of the Tampa Bay waterfront. The new recreation center of the city has a lot to discover, from shopping, dining, and entertainment to sports and bars you’ll find it all here. Take in the sea views and that fresh sea air as you check out some of the pier’s artworks.
2) Explore the lush and tranquil Sunken Gardens – Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise is locating amid a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.
3) Shop, eat and relax at John’s Pass – If you’re looking for a one-stop destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment in St. Petersburg, stop by John’s Pass. With stores selling everything from clothing, apparel, and jewelry to sweets, collectibles, and Cuban cigars, there’s a lot to see here.
4) Soar over Tampa Bay on a helicopter tour – Enjoy the invigorating thrill of hovering high above the city on a unique helicopter cruise. Glimpse over famous landmarks such as St. Pete’s Pier, John’s Pass, and Treasure Island.
5) Be astounded at The Salvador Dalí Museum – The Dali Museum is a collection of thousands of items related to the great artist’s career. Combining a spectacular purpose-built museum with exhibition areas, gardens, a café, and a center for the avant-garde, this waterfront gallery is one of the most fun places to check out in St. Petersburg.
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