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Tips To Support Alzheimer’s, Dementia Caregivers

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is overwhelming to say the least, obviously for the one with the diagnosis but also for the family and those who will be the closest caregivers as well. Whether your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or has progressed into the late stages of the disease, there is a lot to learn, new processes to establish, and a new role to become familiar with.

If you’re a spouse, child, or loved one of someone with Alzheimer’s, the elder law attorneys at Goldberg & Associates want to help. From determining how to pay for the necessary care to ensuring that your loved one’s estate is in order, we strive to provide a wide range of services with a focus on compassion and empathy. While it can seem strange to get help from a law firm about medical circumstances, there is a lot that we can do to help make your situation easier. Get in touch with our Peachtree, Georgia office today to schedule an appointment.

Supporting the Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients

If you know someone who is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, there are numerous ways that you can be there to provide support. Being a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s is often a full-time job, especially for cases in the late stages. But even from the very beginning, you can be of assistance in ways that you may not realize will be helpful.

Understand the Emotional Side

Alzheimer’s caregivers often go through a series of emotions that are similar to the five stages of loss. Emotions they may experience include denial, fear, stress/anxiety, anger/frustration, and grief/depression. You don’t necessarily have to be there as a therapist or try to move them through these stages, but being aware of the process and finding ways to provide support based on what they are feeling and experiencing can be a source of comfort.

Research Ways For the Patient to Live Well

Alzheimer’s affects nerve connections in the brain, which will impact how the patient lives their lives. Patients with this disease, however, can lead a fulfilling life for many years, especially with the right lifestyle and healthy habits. Encourage an active lifestyle and suggest activities that you think they will enjoy. Offer to cook meals that are low in fat and high in vegetables. Talk with the caregiver to determine what will help them and their loved one feel relaxed.

Encourage Them to Take Care of Themselves

Caregivers struggle with stress, heartache, guilt, fear, and more, and these emotions often make it difficult for them to properly take care of themselves. And when the caregiver isn’t getting enough sleep, exercise, or isn’t eating well, it can result in them not properly caring for their loved one. Try to be there to listen whenever they need to talk, suggest going on a walk during these conversations, you can offer to take over the responsibilities for a day so that they can rest or do something they enjoy. Helping them find the time to take care of themselves can often be the biggest way to provide support.

Coordinate Healthcare and Meetings With Elder Law Firms

There are dozens of tasks that caregivers are responsible for, and some of the most daunting tasks are setting up meetings with potential healthcare providers and elder law firms. These resources can be incredibly valuable, but can be time-consuming and often difficult to understand. Research local home healthcare providers or assisted living facilities to get that process started, and in the event that the loved one with Alzheimer’s needs professional care, it will already be set up. Also research and schedule meetings with an elder law attorney who can help manage Medicaid applications and create various estate planning documents.

Understand the Challenges of Communication

It’s important for a caregiver to communicate differently when talking with someone with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important for them to avoid becoming frustrated, to speak slowly, use repetition when necessary, and use certain techniques to maintain their attention. Offering these methods can help the caregiver feel more confident and comfortable in their new role.

Know That Our Elder Law Attorneys Are Here to Help

From creating an estate plan to offering recommendations for local healthcare providers, the team at Goldberg & Associates wants to be more than just a law firm. We have extensive experience helping clients navigate the Medicaid application process and if they find that they don’t qualify, we can help them create a trust to place their assets into so that Medicaid can be an option. Above all, our lawyers are committed to being there for you in any way that we can.

Goldberg & Associates has three locations in Georgia, including Peachtree City, Griffin, and Atlanta. If you’re the caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s, or if you know a caregiver, we can be your source for elder care guidance and support. Call our team today to schedule an appointment.

At Goldberg & Associates, we specialize in handling elder law and elder law cases. All of our resources are at your fingertips when you work with Goldberg & Associates. We will do everything in our power to ensure the maximum amount that can be saved, will be saved for your retirement. No stone goes unturned at Goldberg & Associates; we are prepared to make sure you do everything you need to in order to max out those savings options, and make way for the time when you will get to retire.