Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is an extremely stressful and taxing job. With so many demands on a caregiver’s time in their own personal life, it is extremely difficult to provide full time care to a loved one. Fortunately, you do not have to do it alone. With a few adjustments, caregiving stress can be greatly reduced. Here are five tips:
- Learn “acceptance behavior,” an Alzheimer’s caregiver’s technique designed to remove the stress from the caregiver and the patient.
- Caregivers need to take care of themselves first. You need plenty of rest to have the strength to take care of yourself and the loved one you are caring for. Your health needs to be a priority. If you cannot get rest with your loved one there, consider respite care or calling a friend or family member to give you a break.
- Be sure you have all the appropriate legal documents in place so that you are never in an emergency situation without proper documentation.
- Look into available benefits. The general public is often surprised to find out that there are at-home benefits available and that there are ways to become eligible for Medicaid benefits if they only talk to someone skilled and knowledgeable in elder law.
Being the primary caregiver for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s does not have to be stressful. Taking knowledge from doctors, experts, family members and an elder law attorney can empower a caregiver to calmly handle the situation.