Home Care for Mid-Stage Alzheimer’s Patients
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Home Care for Mid-Stage Alzheimer’s Patients

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Is your family member suffering from mid-stage Alzheimer’s?

This disease can be devastating, and the middle stages can be particularly disturbing. Your loved one will become increasingly disoriented and discouraged by their developing condition, and your family will begin to become stressed at the prospect of caring for the patient.

At this time, it’s completely natural to start thinking about getting outside help. Sometimes, you just won’t have the resources to be around your family member and help them through their day. That’s why a home health agency is recommended during these times.

Here are some tips from health care professionals about caring for an Alzheimer’s patient at home.

What Is Mid-Stage Alzheimer’s?

Mid-stage Alzheimer’s is the period of time after family members start exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s. This stage is often the longest and can last for years or decades.

These symptoms include significant and lengthy memory lapses; confusion about the day or their location; increased moodiness and withdrawal; changes in sleep patterns; personality and behavioral changes; difficulty recalling basic information (such as their address or something significant from their past); occasional difficulty with bladder control; and repetitive behaviors.

As this stage progresses, a higher level of care will be required for the patient. They will increasingly have a harder time taking care of themselves and carrying out basic tasks. They may not require staying in a facility, and often can remain at home, but someone will eventually need to be with them on an increasingly-frequent basis.

Caring for Mid-Stage Patients

One of the best things a caregiver can do for a patient is to help them develop daily routines and daily plans. Keeping them active with activities is recommended, as long as the activity isn’t too stressful or challenging (this can easily lead to frustration). Communication – especially with a loved one – is key, because it helps more than anything else to keep their spirits up.

Your loved one will probably need help with bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, and other needs. They may no longer be able to cook for themselves, either. And their mobility may decrease as well, as could their ability to leave their home on their own.

Getting Help from a Home Health Agency

At this time, it’s completely natural to start thinking about getting outside help. Sometimes, you just won’t have the resources to be around your family member and help them through their day. That’s why a home health agency is recommended during these times.

Contact a home health agency to learn more about caring for a mid-stage Alzheimer’s patient. If your loved one is in need, trained professionals can help.