Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a round-the-clock responsibility. The effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia require patience, understanding and thoughtfulness on the part of you, the family caregiver. Whatever your loved one may forget, you need to remember. From medication reminders to turning off the stove, Alzheimer’s caregiving puts a big strain on you. With the well being of your senior loved one on the line, you want helpful information at your fingertips to help you provide the best care and cope with your emotional and physical needs. Here are a few sites to help.
Alzheimer’s Association- Caregiver Center
The Alzheiemer’s Association is a non-profit organization that helps people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. A special section of the site is dedicated to family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s. By going to this Caregiver Center, you will be able to retrieve advice about caregiving for your lifestyle, find a local support group, find caregiving techniques and plan for the future.
National Institute on Aging (NIH)
Another place to remind you that you are not alone is the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, provided by the national Institute on Aging. This website offers information for people with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s caregivers.
The SYNERGY HomeCare Blog
We were proud to recently feature a blog “Universal Truths of Alzheimer’s Disease” byEllen Woodward Potts, co-author of “A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver”. This blog, along with many others won the same topic, will help you through your caregiving journey.
Family Learning Center
Respite and resources for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease is also an important part of memory care. SYNERGY HomeCare’s Family Learning Center offers hours of online training for family caregivers. This program lets family members learn about how to care for their loved one while giving them the emotional boost they may need. Family members can also refer to our free whitepaper, which helps them make informed decisions about their loved one’s care. The entire family can benefit from having the best resources and high quality care.
Directions to access the Family Learning Center are as follows:
- Select “Families” under “Family Caregivers”
- Enter the public access username: synergyfamily
- Enter the public access password: synergyfamilycare
As you become more educated about Alzheimer’s disease and support and respite for family caregivers, your role as a caregiver can become less stressful and more rewarding. If you have need of any family support or memory care, please contact your local SYNERGY HomeCare agency.