When you have a relative with dementia, it can be overwhelming and scary. You may be feeling uncertain about what the future holds. While you can’t control how quickly the condition will progress, you can create a plan of action that will help you to provide the best care possible. Keep reading for helpful tips from in-home nursing professionals about how to plan for the future.
If your relative is in the earlier stages of dementia, he or she may not yet require extensive care. Perhaps they are still able to remain in their home independently. However, it’s important to consider that a time is coming when this may not be the case. By setting up a plan for care now while your loved one still has sound decision-making capabilities, you can get their input and avoid problems that may arise in the months and years to come.
Now is also a good time to learn as much as you can about dementia so you know what to expect. Being prepared for the most common struggles of the condition will help you to feel more in control of the situation while ensuring your loved one is safe and secure.
Throughout the planning process, it’s important to remember that your loved one may have good days and bad days. Avoid setting too high expectations. Keep these tips in mind to reduce stress for everyone involved and improve communication between family members during this crucial planning time:
When it comes to the planning process for the future, include your loved one if possible. Ask for their opinion, using simple terms and positive communication. Continually reinforce to them that they are loved and that you want to help them remain safe and supported and to have the highest quality of life possible.
Other steps you can take to plan include:
Our team is here when you need us to discuss your family’s situation and help you to develop a customized plan for care for your loved one with dementia. We have been helping families like yours for years, and know the best solutions to ensure your relative has the highest quality of care possible. Our professional services can alleviate your stress and help you to manage care without sacrificing your own quality of life. Connect with us online now to schedule a consultation.