When is it Time for a Memory Support Program?
As a caregiver for someone with dementia, your most important job is to make sure he or she is receiving the best care possible. The person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia might not recognize that it is time to move. It’s common and completely normal for family caregivers to reach a point in time when they question their ability to provide in-home care. It can be difficult to admit you need help. Being realistic about your capabilities and limitations as a caregiver is a sign of strength, not weakness. It’s important to continually re-evaluate the person’s needs in the moment. Chances are, their requirements have changed since you have taken on the role of caregiver. There are no easy solutions. It’s natural to experience feelings of guilt when contemplating alternate options, like a personal care community.
Below is a list of questions designed to help you evaluate your situation and decide if it’s time to consider care alternatives.
- Are you concerned about his or her safety when you are not present?
- Is your own health or well-being suffering as a result of caregiving?
- Do you become impatient with the person?
- Is caregiving affecting your relationships with others?
- Does the person need more assistance than he or she is currently receiving?
- Have you given up activities you enjoy to provide care?
- How much can the person effectively do for themself?
- Are there others you can rely on for help?
- Would he or she benefit from more activity and socialization?