Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementias can raise a lot of questions.
What should I say when Mom tells me the same story for the umpteenth time? How do I get Dad to change his clothes and shower? Are Grandma’s scary mood swings normal?
Dealing with these types of challenges often causes tremendous stress for family caregivers. While studies consistently show that older adults prefer to age at home, caregiver stress is a driver for transition to institutional care.
According to the recently released 2013 World Alzheimer Report, there is strong evidence pointing to a need for additional support in order to lessen the burden on family caregivers as well as the global infrastructure.
To address those support needs, the Home Instead Senior Care® network has developed a full spectrum of education and training resources to help family caregivers prepare for and react to the challenging behaviors involved with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as care for themselves.
The following resources give families an opportunity to get the support they need at no cost, and in a way that is most convenient and helpful for their situation.
Local workshops provide an opportunity to learn Alzheimer’s care techniques from trained professionals and meet other family caregivers in the community.
This book offers management strategies and prevention tips for 15 of the most common behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
This website is a one-stop resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia resources.
- Take an online training course
- Chat with Alzheimer’s experts
- Get tips about preserving memories from Alzheimer’s
On the Go
This free iPhone app is an extension of the Confidence to Care book, providing instant support right from a caregiver’s purse or pocket. Family caregivers can use this app to get tips on how to handle dementia behaviors, ask a question, give someone else advice, or find local home care services.
In addition to these free resources, the Home Instead Senior Care network offers free in-home care consultations to help families decide if non-medical home care services are right for their loved one. Call 888-734-8645 to get connected with your local Home Instead Senior Care franchise office and schedule a free care consultation.
More information about Alzheimer’s and dementia care services is available at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com.
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