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Time Will Create More Challenges Caring for a Spouse with Dementia

Dylan and Elizabeth were married for 50 years. They were high school sweethearts who never had any doubt they would end up together. They raised five wonderful children, shared in their joys and some tragedies, and never questioned their commitment to one another. When Dylan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 68, it seemed as though they had been robbed of so many wonderful opportunities.

 

Home Care Services in Herriman UT: Dementia Challenges

Home Care Services in Herriman UT: Dementia Challenges

 

Elizabeth became his primary caregiver, without a second thought.

Even though Elizabeth was still relatively strong and healthy at 67, as the disease progressed, she began to notice just how challenging it was to be a caregiver for somebody with dementia. The reminders were okay, but his confusion would get to both of them.

He started wandering off, getting stuck somewhere, not remembering why he went to the basement or the garage or outside. Elizabeth had to start watching him every day, almost all day long. She no longer spent any time with her friends. She didn’t go shopping. She didn’t trust leaving him alone.

Then, some of the things he said stung.

They were some hurtful things. They were mean. They were vindictive. And even though Elizabeth had been told by their doctor to expect some of this and to be prepared and know it wasn’t personal, that didn’t help. It made her want to stop helping him. She didn’t want to care about him anymore. Yet, she did.

For Elizabeth and so many others like her, being a caregiver is going to create a tremendous amount of stress. A lot of that stress is going to come in ways people just don’t anticipate or expect. It’s far better to be as prepared as possible and have the right kind of help on hand when that other senior begins progressing through the middle and later stages of dementia.

For some of these caregivers, help is available.

In fact, it’s available for almost every family caregiver out there. A lot of these men and women turn to friends and family for support, but home care agencies have some of the most experienced and dedicated caregivers available. These home care aides can work with an elderly client diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia for just a couple of hours at a time.

Through an agency, flexibility is possible and that means someone can start working with a caregiver one or two days a week and then increase that as the disease progresses. As time will increase the level of stress a person experiences, they need to seriously consider every resource available, of which home care is one of the best.

Are you or a loved one considering Home Care Services in Herriman, UT? Please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home. Providing Home Care in Highland, Utah and Surrounding Communities. 801-427-ROSE (7673)

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Alan and Stephanie Jones, Owners

December Rose Senior Care is a local in-home care agency owned and operated by Alan and Stephanie Jones in Highland, Utah. While both Alan and Stephanie bring professional and practical experience to their business, it has been the fulfilling and educational aspects of assisting their parents through the aging process as well as raising their five children that encouraged them to start a personal care agency. In particular it was the humbling experience of caring for a special needs son and moving a parent from in-home care to assisted living that helped them realize there are many families who are caring for loved ones that need help. Their desire is to combine these experiences with over twenty years of medical sales and marketing, eleven years working with senior and elder populations among our Veterans and Native Americans, serving on multiple school boards and local legislative roles, to develop in-home care that exceeds expectations and honors seniors as the foundation of this country.
In their spare time, Alan and Stephanie are all about family and enjoy So. California beach vacations, watching their children’s sporting events, reading, participating in church and community activities, watching favorite shows together, participating in Boy Scouts, running and yoga.