As we've learned over the past several months, older adults and people with chronic conditions or disabilities face disproportionately adverse outcomes if they contract COVID-19. But even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, family caregivers faced myriad stressors and hardships.
Your life as a caregiver is important, too! Unfortunately, in the daily routine of their highly challenging roles, at-home caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia often lose sight of that fundamental fact.
Crystal Yost, PCHA, PCH, Administrator at Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr, says, “Because Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive in nature, your loved one’s condition will evolve and change over time. As a result of these changes, your loved one’s mental and physical abilities will continue to decline and their challenges with daily life will become more pronounced. As their needs grow and they become more dependent, they will require increasing amounts of your personal time and attention as a primary caregiver.”