If you’ve traveled by plane, you’ve heard the flight attendant direct passengers to put on their own oxygen mask first, before helping others secure an oxygen mask. It only makes sense that without securing your own mask first, you may be rendered helpless and unable to assist others.
Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease is difficult and can be overwhelming at times. You may face challenges such as bathing, dressing and feeding your loved one, along with dealing with difficult behaviors.
It’s important that caregivers:
- Develop a plan and daily schedule.
- Ask for and accept help.
- Join a support group.
- Talk to the doctor about medications that may help control symptoms.
- Take breaks and let others sit in for you.
IU Health Bloomington Hospital Alzheimer’s Resource Services offers education, support groups, outreach and other resources free of charge to families and professional caregivers of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Individual support, including counseling and phone or email consultation is available along with a resource library of books, videos and materials focused on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Take steps today to secure your own health and well being so you can better care for your loved one facing Alzheimer’s disease. For more information contact your physician or call Alzheimer’s Resource Services at 812-353-9299.