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Alzheimer’s Caregiving: When It’s Time To Seek Help

Entrusting the care of a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease to someone else – even for a short respite break – can be difficult. After all, as a spouse, partner, child or grandchild, the primary caregiver likely has a strong, personal connection to the person and a deep desire to ensure that care is of the highest quality. Even so, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive one that, over time, can prove very difficult for a single caregiver to manage. The disease takes its toll not only on the person diagnosed with it, but loved ones who step in to provide often around-the-clock care. Seeking out assistance as a caregiver is not a sign of weakness, nor is it an indication of abandonment. Caregivers in the earlier stages need breaks to recharge. As the disease progresses, the required level of care may simply demand skilled assistance a loved one is not able to provide. Here are a few signs that indicate it is time to seek assistance in caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease, even for short respites: Backlog of personal issues that must be attended to – Caregivers often put their lives on hold to help out those they love. While this is a tremendous sign of love and compassion, it can take a toll on a career, a family and life in general. When personal concerns are left unattended too long, stress is likely to arise. Assistance that may help alleviate the pressure includes in-home aides, specialized adult daycare, rotating schedules with other loved ones to provide care or long-term specialized care...