It is not easy living with a parent or a grandparent suffering from dementia. They have unique needs and they require closer attention. There are millions of people around the world who have been diagnosed with dementia or are yet to be diagnosed.
For someone like you who is raising kids and taking care of an elderly relative with dementia, it is too much. Add to that the fact that you are also working to provide for the needs of the family. Either your career or family will suffer in the process. Your mental health may also suffer as a result of these challenges.
As such, it is in your best interest to just hire someone to come over and take care of your loved one with dementia.
Expertise in dealing with patients
You can find caregivers who have experience in dealing with patients suffering from dementia. They have special knowledge in understanding patients who keep changing their emotions. Whether they are angry, sad, paranoid or confused, experienced caregivers can help make them feel better. On the other hand, if you are going to try to deal with these emotional changes yourself, it could be a huge problem.
Companionship for the patients
People with dementia are at a point in their lives when they really need attention, care and love. This is something they can’t easily get even from family members. At the very least, having someone come over to take care of them would be such a huge relief. They might have memory issues but they can still feel. These patients might also not live much longer. Receiving care during the last stages of their lives matters a lot.
Doing household chores
In some cases, you can also ask for help from these caregivers to provide help at home. They can cook, clean, change bed sheets, drive, plan the meals and run errands. Mostly, they are just for the patients, but you can also have personal chores done every now and then. It depends on your arrangement with the caregiver.
It will only get worse
Providing dementia care at home is a huge help given the fact that the patients won’t get any better. There is no known cure for dementia just yet and people who suffer from this degenerative disease will keep on getting worse. Soon, they won’t function at all. They will just be on their beds waiting for their time to come.
It is nice having someone to be their while you can’t. It does not mean you are evading responsibilities. It would be great to have someone helping you out to also keep you sane and functional. Otherwise, you might also have mental health issues.