What Can You Do as a Caregiver in the Moderate Stage of Alzheimer's Disease?

What Can You Do as a Caregiver in the Moderate Stage of Alzheimer's Disease?
If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with Alzheimer's disease, the amount of care and support that you give them throughout the progression will be critical. This requires both preparation so that you can be ready for what will come as the disease progresses, but also flexibility so that you can respond to symptoms and challenges as they arise.

In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease is also referred to as moderate stage Alzheimer's disease. This tends to be the longest stage of the progression and can last for several years, bringing with it more challenging symptoms that require more dedicated and extensive care and support. Fortunately there are many steps that you can take to help your parent through this challenging time. 

Some things that you can do as a family caregiver for an elderly adult in the moderate stage of Alzheimer's disease include:
  • Focusing on your parent-child relationship with them so that your parent can feel valued, loved, and appreciated. This will be very important as their abilities continue to change and they may feel as though they are becoming a "burden"
  • Finding ways to support their independence as much as possible. Even as they struggle with challenges and limitations, exerting their independence will be a critical part of keeping their mind active and engaged, and supporting better mental and emotional health
  • Ensuring that they are following through with the guidelines and instructions given by their doctor, including medication reminders, to help support their best health
  • Helping them to maintain good nutrition through stocking their kitchen with healthy foods, preparing and freezing meals that are easy to prepare, and regularly going through their kitchen to remove any spoiled or expired foods
  • Making meaningful changes to your parent's home to make it safer and more accessible. This can be particularly important if they are showing wandering tendencies by adding extra locks and features to reduce the risk of wandering or getting locked out of the house
  • Establishing a care network that will help to ensure they have continued access to care. This network can include friends, family, and elder care to divide needs and provide personalized care 
Starting elder care can be a fantastic way to encourage higher quality of life for your aging parent as they age in place. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they have access to all of the care, support, and assistance that they need to manage their needs in a way that respects their individual thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and goals. Through these highly personalized services, the elder care provider can help your parent to stay healthy, happy, safe, and comfortable while also encouraging more independence and fulfillment throughout their later years. These services can include safe and reliable transportation, medication reminders, assistance with running errands, help with personal care needs, meal preparation, and more. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in East Millcreek, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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