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Crystal Yost, Program Director of Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr, says, “Taking care of an elderly loved one can be a very challenging responsibility. Many caregivers report that they find their roles both physically and emotionally draining. Aside from the stresses of their ongoing daily tasks, at-home caregivers say they also worry about sudden, unexpected events occurring. Rapid changes in a loved one’s health or serious injuries resulting from accidents such as falls can change your whole life in an instant.”
“This is especially true for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease of other form of dementia.”
“Things can change quickly and, if you are not prepared for potential life-changing events ahead of time, they can create major emotional upheaval, eliminate your free time and greatly disrupt your personal life and career. The best advice is that you should always be prepared. Fortunately, there are helpful steps you can take that will ease your concerns and provide you with some much needed peace of mind.”
Noted columnist and eldercare consultant, Carol Bradley Bursack, provides important insights into the challenges of caregivers and how planning ahead is vital to that role. In her article, “Elder Care Needs Can Change in an Instant,” she says, “One of the most exhausting parts of being a caregiver, from my point of view, is that there's always the threat of an emergency that we are responsible to handle.”
“We are literally on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even if our elders don't live in our own household. Of course, anyone can have a life-changing emergency. However, when we are caregivers to vulnerable people who are completely dependent upon us, and who likely have health problems to begin with, we are much more apt to face an emergency that can change current plans for anything from a few hours to the rest of our elders' lives.”
Having a specific plan already in place can help you to cope with the variety of unforeseen events that can occur “out of the blue.” Ms. Bursack suggests the following “to do” list to help you prepare for potential challenges ahead:
Preparing in advance for unforeseen events is important to you and the loved one for whom you are caring. By taking the time to plan ahead, you can reduce the disruptions to your own life and assure your loved one receives care that is consistent with their wishes when changes occur in their health status.
If you have comments or questions on our blog, we’d love to hear from you. We also encourage you to share any of your caregiving experiences. Please share your stories in the comments section.
Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments require specialized care and support. They also deserve a lifestyle rich in dignity and fulfillment. Our brand-new Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr community provides residents with Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments that emphasize individual abilities, encourage socialization and promote the highest level of independence possible. We offer a complete continuum of leading-edge programs, services and amenities that address the total physical, emotional and social needs of residents in a caring setting that offers individual suites with large private baths and the comforts of home. Our community touches hearts and changes lives.
Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory impairment doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family.
If you have a loved one with early- to mid-stage memory loss, you know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed while trying to maintain balance in your life. As care needs increase, you may not be able to meet them physically or emotionally. It’s often difficult to be available to care for your loved one’s health and well-being around the clock.
If, and when, the time comes to seek additional help, place your trust in Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr. We lift the stresses and worries of being a caregiver from your shoulders, enabling you and your family to enjoy time with your loved one again. For more information, please call Sharon at (484) 380-5404, or contact us online.
Disclaimer: This information should not be construed as Impressions at Bryn Mawr Terrace or Main Line Senior Care Alliance offering legal advice. For legal advice, please consult your attorney.