In the U.S., there are about 5 million people who currently live with Dementia Alzheimer’s. And the numbers are only expected to rise, as the population continues to climb, with about one in every six women and one out of every ten men beyond the age of 55 developing the condition.
Alzheimer’s disease causes about 70% of the cases. Worldwide, the numbers are bleaker, with approximately 7.7 million new cases being diagnosed every year. These numbers all underscore the rising need for dementia care.
Caring for a Dementia Patient
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, then you know how challenging it can be. If it’s starting to get to the point that you and your family are exhausted, irritable, and already on the verge of an emotional breaking point, then it’s time to seek out professional help.
Seeking Professional Help
There is no treatment for dementia. But you can find caregiving services that will provide you with the support you need while caring for your loved one. Caring for someone with dementia can be hard, especially if you do not have the proper training and skills. If your loved one’s condition progresses, it may be a much better option for you and your family to hire a professional as the main caregiver. A professional will have the knowledge, experience, and skills to provide the best possible care to your elderly friend or family member.
Determine What You Need
It’s important that you determine the kind of services needed, first. What kind of help do you need with your loved one? Do you require someone to take over for you so you can take a break from your caregiving duties? Do you need someone to tidy up your loved one’s home or help with the shopping and meal preparation? Or what about simple companionship? When you pick a caregiver, you’ll need to ask yourself all of these questions. The answers you’ll get will give you a clear idea of what to look for.
Choose a Caregiver
When searching for the right caregiving services and resources, you might become overwhelmed with options. At FSL, we offer a variety of caregiving services and resources throughout the state of Arizona. For more information about our programs and services and how we can help ease the burden for you and your family, call us at (602) 285-1800.