Everyone with Alzheimer’s disease at some point will need help from a professional caregiver. Sometimes a family member and a paid caregiver will meet this need. Whomever is filling the role, they will need to make many adjustments from the time the diagnosis is given. Fear of what will happen and how they will be able to manage the manifestations of the disease is very common. Thus, the best thing that a family caregiver can do is to gain understanding of the disease. Most of all, if you are feeling overwhelmed, do not feel guilty if you are unable to fill the caregiver’s role yourself. Not everyone can fill this very difficult task.
If hiring a home health assistant, they must: provide adequate supervision with activities of daily living, ensure the patient’s medical well being, provide assistance with daily chores, provide assistance with personal care, and provide companionship and psychological support. If the family member is working as a daily caregiver, here are some valuable tips:
For more information call our office to find out about the Statewide Medicaid Program in Florida, the Aid and Attendance Program, and other resources. We can also recommend a good Elder Law Attorney. Contact us at: 561-235-2490 if you'd like to get a free copy of our booklet designed to help you through the maze of decisions you will need to consider. A complimentary care management meeting with you and your parent can be scheduled right in your home to help sort it all out. Olga Brunner has had experience as a case manager for the Statewide Medicaid Program. This experience can indeed help you find the solutions you are looking for.
Posted 31st January 2016 by Olga Brunner
I Have worn many hats in my day: Nursing Home Assistant Admin and Activities Director, Assisted Living Admin, Case Management for the State-wide Medicaid Program, and Trainer for Dept of Elder Affairs.