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Caring for a loved one with dementia

As people age, they could end up suffering from medical conditions that require them to need assistance with their daily lives. Many are fortunate enough to having caring loved ones who are there for them in their time of need.

Caring for someone with dementia presents certain challenges, and it may help to gain a better understanding of what that will entail.

Considerations when caring for a dementia patient

If you have a loved one with dementia and plan to care for them, it may help you to know the following when it comes to a day in the life of your loved one – and the care and assistance you may need to provide:

  • Personal care will need to be a priority. Everyone likes to feel good, and with your help, your loved one does not have to give this up as their condition progresses.
  • Some dementia patients do not eat as often or as well as they should. You can help make sure that your family member continues to eat regular, healthy meals.
  • Driving will become an increasingly dangerous activity for someone with dementia, so you may need to assist with their transportation needs. You can help your loved one continue to enjoy the activities they love while limiting the potential for accidents, getting lost and more. 
  • Creating a realistic routine and finding suitable activities for your loved one are essential in helping them maintain some independence and quality of life.

Another issue that is often sensitive is how much independence and decision making your loved one can continue to have. As the condition progresses, you will need to take on more responsibility in these areas, and you may want to pursue guardianship in order to have the legal authority to act on your loved one’s behalf. As that time approaches, it may be beneficial to seek out the guidance and assistance of an experienced estate lawyer so you can continue to provide the care your aging and ailing loved one deserves.

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