At Home Alzheimer’s Support with Active Personal Care
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a 24/7 job. Learn more about how personal care for Alzheimer’s and other dementias provides extra support and care so you don’t have to do it alone.
Did you know that in 2020, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias provided approximately 15 billion hours of unpaid assistance which was estimated to be worth almost $257 billion dollars? That is about 12 times the total revenue of McDonalds in 2019.
To say there is a demand for personal assistance is an understatement. Millions of people like yourself, the loving and caring family member or friend, are giving up your time and money to help those in need. Our hearts go out to you. Thank you for all the service that you provide in caring for those afflicted by this disease.
You are not alone in this fight. Active Personal Care is here to assist you as you care for your loved ones. Our question to you is how can we help?
How does Alzheimer’s and other dementias affect caregivers?
As Alzheimer’s progresses, more and more daily tasks are affected, and the patients relies more heavily on caregivers like yourself. You help your loved ones to bathe, shower and get dressed every day. You help them feed themselves. You help them to get to the toilet and even help clean them up when they don’t make it.
As their symptoms worsen, it takes a toll on you. You may feel more stressed and depressed. Your own health may deteriorate, making you more likely to experience diseases like a stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
As the disease progresses, it requires more and more of your time, making it harder to balance other responsibilities you have. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57% of caregivers had to go in late, leave early or take time off from work to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Other ways that caregivers have been affected include cutting back hours, quitting entirely, losing benefits, and even retiring early. These changes can add a financial burden on top of the current load you have.
You may feel overwhelmed. You might feel like giving up. You are not alone.
How Active Personal Care can help with Alzheimer’s Disease
At Active Personal Care, we understand the stress that comes with taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s. Our personal care aides help alleviate this burden. We are here to support you, however you need it. Our aides are available mornings, mid-day, evenings, weekday and weekends. We are available for long term, short term, or more temporary cares as well.
Some of the ways that Active Personal Care can help with Alzheimer’s include:
- Morning routines, like bathing, showering, and dressing
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
- Respite care
- Safety supervision
Active Personal Care’s Tips for Caregivers
As we have said before, you are not alone. There are supports out there for you as you care for your loved ones. Some tips from the Alzheimer’s Association to help you include:
- Join a support group. You can find a local Utah group here
- Stay active. Start small. Find something that you love to do.
- Be realistic about the disease. Remember that the disease changes over time. Grieve the losses and focus on what you can control.
- Take time for yourself. You do not have to do this all by yourself. Look into respite care to be able to step away and hit the refresh button
You can learn more about caregiver health here.
Why Choose Active Personal Care?
Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a 24/7 job. It can be rewarding to help your loved one but also very time-consuming and draining. Active Personal Care is here to provide that extra support so you don’t have to do it alone. Our care plans are adapted to your needs when you need it most. If you or a loved one are looking for a little extra help in managing Alzheimer’s Disease or any other form of dementia, call today to set up your free, in-home consultation!