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LEAP! University of Kansas Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention Program

Friday, January 19th, 2018 8:47:41 PM
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Dealing with dementia is difficult – LEAP! helps put prevention research into achievable everyday actions

The University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center is a leader in Alzheimer’s research and education. The KU ADC is one of just 31 nationally designated Alzheimer’s Disease Centers and is made up of two divisions, the Research Division and a separate Memory Care Clinic. Some of the research conducted at the KE ADC includes prevention, treatment, an investigational medication, and lifestyle interventions.

Click here to learn more about the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center Team.

LEAP! Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention Program

LEAP! is one specific program aimed that preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dealing with dementia for those who are either predisposed to getting Alzheimer’s later in life or are facing early-onset symptoms now. This innovative program translates the latest, most innovative Alzheimer’s disease prevention research into actionable recommendations for everyday life. [Source]

Earlier this month, LEAP! hosted a workshop focused on New Year’s resolutions for those dealing with dementia or interested in Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Coach Erin Blocker lead the event which helped participants with successful goal-setting. Goals were centered around brain health and included both short-term and long-term daily actions that supported a healthy lifestyle for those dealing with dementia.

These workshops act as a partnership between the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center and our community. The KU ADC offers a variety of classes, including physical fitness, that all support a brain-healthy lifestyle. It is easy to think of out wellness in terms of weight, blood pressure, calories consumed, or miles walked. However, the health of our brain is impacted by so many factors and can easily be overlooked. The KU ADC aims to help our community consider out brain health in conjunction with our physical health, not in addition to it.

If you’re interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s prevention, brain health activities, or smart aging in general, consider participating in a LEAP! event. The next LEAP! workshop will be on Wednesday, May 16th. It will focus on all 6 Alzheimer’s prevention lifestyle factors: social engagement, cognitive engagement, healthy eating, exercise, stress management, and sleep hygiene. Click here to view complete event details.

Taking personal steps to live a healthy lifestyle as we age is essential for brain health and overall wellness. If you are dealing with dementia or are seeing a loved one struggle, consider the local resources available. You are not alone in this journey and there are organizations, education centers, and memory care facilities available to provide the support and services you need.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Support for Adults Diagnosed with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

Friday, January 12th, 2018 5:37:18 PM
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Attend Memory Café on the second Thursday of each month!

As a residential senior assisted living facility, ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS provides specialized memory care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, our Residences are not the only type of care services we provide. We also make an effort to support and provide resources for spouses, family caregivers, and adults in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. While these individuals do not need full-time care that can be found at our Residences, ComfortCare Homes recognizes their needs and aims to support them.

On the second Thursday of each month, the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas Chapter hosts “Memory Café.” This program is a social event for adults who have received an early-stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Memory Café aims to engage adults and their families who are dealing with this difficult diagnosis. Centered around conversation, coffee and doughnuts, this informal gathering helps provide emotional support for those in our community affected by early-stage Alzheimer’s.

Memory Café also integrates senior assisted living activities into each gathering. Art therapy is part of this monthly program. This unique self-expression in a group setting is a good conversation starter, allowing those who have received an early-stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis a natural start to discussing their feelings, doubts, hopes, and concerns. The Memory Cafe is part of the JW & Reola Stark Arts and Inspiration Program.

For complete event information, including how to RSVP, please view the brochure here.

Building a community of care early on in the Alzheimer’s process can be instrumental for family members, caregivers, and those who are suffering from the disease. Knowing that there are others in our community experiencing the same situation as you can be comforting. Social events such as Memory Café encourage sharing of resources, educational events, and more. It is helpful to have friends by your side when things become difficult.

While the Memory Café is an event specifically for adults who have received an early-stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis, events, groups, and senior assisted living programs are available for all types of people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more, please contact ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS, today.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Caregiver Resolutions: Care for Yourself This New Year

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 3:49:50 PM
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Memory care and Alzheimer’s services can provide the professional help your loved one needs

After the stress of the holidays has calmed and we return to our normal schedule, it can be easy to fall back into bad habits. However, the start of the new year is an excellent opportunity to set goals and recommit to our personal health. For family caregivers or those providing memory care to a loved one with dementia, finding the time for self-reflection and personal improvement is challenging.

In this week’s blogs, we will explore Three Caregiver Resolutions that can be implemented by family caregivers. But first, let’s take a look at who a caregiver is, what the job entails, and common challenges faced:

Fact 1: Emotional support makes up a big part of caregiving

While the role of family caregiver often includes tasks such as meal preparation, laundry, transportation to appointments, and medication reminders, emotional support is a significant part of the job as well. According to the Pew Research FactTank, in 2015 68% of adult family caregivers say that they sometimes support their aging parents emotionally. [Source]

Fact 2: Caring for an aging parent can become a full-time responsibility

On average, family caregivers spend 24.4 hours providing care. When providing memory care for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia, family caregivers on average will provide care for 1-4 years. [Source]

Fact 3: The average caregiver is middle-aged, with a career and family of their own

Of the 43.5 million unpaid, family caregivers in the U.S., the average age is 49 years old. 42% of family caregivers are providing memory care or other senior care services for a parent.

With a better understanding of who family caregivers are and the role they assume, it is easy to see some of the challenges they face. Providing care for a loved one is not only time consuming but can become expensive. Travelling and time spent away from work or children can take a toll. The emotional and physical difficulties of providing memory care can become overwhelming.

If you or someone you love is a primary caregiver for a senior loved one, consider these Three Caregiver Resolutions to start the new year off right:

1. Make your mental and physical health a priority

Family caregivers are loving, compassionate, and often selfless people. However, always caring for others can lead to neglect of yourself. Remember that you can only help others if you are at your best. Prioritize your mental wellness by building a support system, knowing when to ask for help, or seeking a therapist to help you cope with stress. Promote physical wellness by getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly.

2. Spend quality time with loved ones

As a caregiver, especially to a parent or other family member, it can be hard to separate your caregiving responsibilities from your relationship. Spend quality time connecting with a loved one through an activity, exercise, or trip where you are a son, daughter, sister, or friend but not a caregiver. Many Alzheimer’s facilities and senior centers offer adult day programs for families to interact while professionals provide care assistance. Spending quality time takes you both out of the daily care routine and can be very beneficial [Source]

3. Plan for future care

If you provide memory care for an aging parent, there will come a time when you are no longer able to offer the care and support they need on your own. As Alzheimer’s or dementia symptoms advance, seniors will need more specialized care. Researching memory care homes in Wichita, KS, can help you reduce stress now and in the future. While you cannot predict what will happen, understanding the options and support resources available to you and your family will be helpful no matter what the future holds.

 

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Seasonal Affective Disorder in Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Friday, December 22nd, 2017 6:39:59 PM
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Activities, socialization, and resources from Alzheimer’s facilities can help seniors combat seasonal depression in Wichita, KS

The winter months bring about many new health concerns for seniors with Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers. Perhaps a few that come to mind for you are fall risks, hypothermia, pneumonia, or the flu. A concern that many of us overlook is seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In this article, we’ll explore the signs and symptoms of SAD and suggest some treatments and activities from Alzheimer’s facilities.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is brought on by lack of sunlight during shorter winter days, lack of vitamin D, and disrupted sleep patterns. [Source] Many seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are at risk of developing depression because of the on-going changes in their brains’ chemistries. SAD is a particular type depression and can present itself in seniors who are not diagnosed with clinical depression.

Signs & Symptoms

Family members and caregivers should be on the lookout for the indicators of SAD in their senior loved ones during the winter months. Feeling a bit blue during the winter months is a normal response to the end of the holiday season and darker winter days. However, if the following symptoms persist for more than a couple weeks, you should contact specialists at Alzheimer’s facilities or medical centers.

  • Depressed or irritable mood
  • Expressions of helplessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue or trouble sleeping

Recognizing the signs of depression in someone with dementia can be incredibly challenging. It is always best to report any concerns you may have to an Alzheimer’s professional right away.

Want to know more about depression and Alzheimer’s? Read our article: Differentiating Depression from Dementia

How Alzheimer’s Facilities Can Help

Mood changes, winter blues, and SAD can often be treated by lifestyle changes. Always talk with a doctor to receive an official diagnosis and treatment plan.

For seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, mood changes and irritability can be confronted through activities, distractions, or a change of scenery. Alzheimer’s facilities in Wichita, KS, can provide family members with the resources and support they need to care for loved ones who have Alzheimer’s and depression such as seasonal affective disorder. Many Alzheimer’s facilities offer adult day care programs that occupy seniors for a few hours each day. This change of scenery can help lift your loved one’s mood.

Other ways to combat the winter blues include light exercise, eating a nutritious diet, and increasing intake of Vitamin D. The National Institutes for Health has identified elderly people as an at-risk group for vitamin D deficiency. Research shows that vitamin D plays an increasingly important role in physical and mental health. [Source] Talk to your loved one’s doctor before making any major dietary changes or introducing new medications into their regime.

Recognizing the signs of seasonal affective disorder and knowing how to make meaningful changes in your loved one’s daily routine can help you both keep your spirits up during the winter months. Many people notice changes in their loved ones over the holidays. If you think you’re senior loved one could benefit from specialized Alzheimer’s care, consider ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS. We provide residential memory care services for seniors in Wichita, KS, and the surrounding areas.

More Resources:

Holiday Blues – Depression among the Elderly

Season Affective Disorder (SAD) and Treatment Options

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Alzheimer’s Disease Support for Seniors, Caregivers, and Family in Wichita, KS

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 9:18:39 PM
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Local support groups help those with dementia and their loved ones receive support they need

Receiving an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis is always a difficult thing. For the person with Alzheimer’s disease, this diagnosis can be unsettling. Together with their family and loved ones, navigating through the disease is emotionally and physically challenging. Family caregivers and even professional dementia care providers often deal with stress and depression when caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s.

The good news is that no matter what stage of Alzheimer’s your loved one is in or your role in their life, you are never alone. As researchers and organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, the better we are able to care for those people impacted by it. You should never feel ashamed of your feelings and after reading this article, perhaps consider utilizing local resources to find comfort and support.

Central and Western Kansas Support Groups

Our local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is a great resource for families, caregivers, and adults with Alzheimer’s disease. With monthly group meetings in town throughout Central and Western Kansas, in-person support groups are a good way to interact with others in situations similar to yours. For family caregivers, support groups can be a kind of social activity, allowing you to talk about your experiences and share insight.

Caregiver and grief-specific support groups, as well as peer-to-peer scheduled sessions, are also available.

For a complete list of Alzheimer’s Association Chapter support group, please click here!

Hotlines and 24 Hour Support

The demanding, and often unpredictable, schedule of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can make scheduled support groups unrealistic. For immediate support, 24/7 you can call the Alzheimer’s Association Hotline at (800) 272-3900. With trained professions who understand your situation, sometimes just having a listening ear can make a big difference.

Care and Support for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

While an early-diagnosis is considered beneficial, the truth is that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. For adults under the age of 65 who receive an early-onset diagnosis or for seniors who are just beginning to experience symptoms, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be devastating. Learning to accept to cope with the disease may be beneficial as the symptoms worsen.

Planning for the future can be helpful for many seniors who feel as though dementia takes away their control of their lives. Learning about memory care options, including adult day programs and long-term care facilities can be beneficial for families and their loved ones. This way, as the disease progresses, families can focus on one another rather than struggling to make care decisions.

To learn more about the memory care services and caregiver support offered by ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS, please contact our office today.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Honoring Those Who Died, Caring for Surviving Veterans

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 7:45:11 PM
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Many senior veterans are eligible for assisted living benefits & financial aid

December 7th is observed annually in the U.S as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This national day of remembrance allows us to honor the more than 2,000 American citizens who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Our nation is grateful for the brave men and women who lost their lives on this infamous day. [Source]

While Pearl Harbor Day honors specifically those in the military who were killed during the attack, it is natural to think of the veterans in our own lives on this day. You may feel grateful for their service and happy that they returned home safely after their service. If you have a senior loved one who is a veteran, you may also be concerned for their health and well-being as they age.

There are a variety of health and senior care benefits available for senior veterans and, often times, their surviving spouses. This type of assistance is meant to help senior veterans receive the care they have earned through their selfless service to our country. Assisted living facilities and providers can help you determine if your senior loved one is eligible for any veteran’s benefits.

Aid & Attendance Benefit to Pay for Assisted Living

The Aid & Attendance veterans benefit increases the monthly pension amount for qualified seniors. Some factors that determine eligibility include a need for financial income, whether or not the veteran was honorably discharged, need for care, and impact on quality of life. For complete information on eligibility and application information, visit the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website by clicking here.

When the time comes to consider an assisted living facility for your senior loved one, veterans benefits like Aid & Attendance may be able to supplement costs. As you research assisted living facilities in Wichita, KS, ask if they accept these benefits. Often, senior care providers can refer clients to resources that help with the application process for veterans benefits. [Source]

Specialized Memory Care for Senior Veterans

If you have a senior loved one with memory care needs, due to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, consider ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS. Our assisted living homes provide comfortable care in a community setting. Please contact us to learn more!

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 5:27:14 PM
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As the disease progresses and Alzheimer’s symptoms change – your relationship will too

When any friend or family member receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it can be challenging to accept. When this person is your husband or wife, the impact is especially difficult. You may find yourself taking on the role of caregiver or begin to notice changes in your relationship. Memory care specialists are uniquely aware of the way ever-changing Alzheimer’s symptoms impact you, your spouse, and your marriage.

It is common for a spouse to assume the role of caregiver when their husband or wife receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. A spouse is often the first to recognize Alzheimer’s symptoms in their loved one, including behavioral changes, forgetfulness, confusion, and even depression. These changes in your spouse are bound to change your relationship, family life, and careers.

Caring for a Spouse: Stephene Moore and former U.S Rep. Dennis Moore’s Story

Dennis Moore is a lifelong Kansan, having served six terms in the U.S House of Represented for Kansas’s 3rd District. His wife Stephene has worked as a nurse, focusing on women’s health, for more than 25 years. In 2012, Dennis was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

After his diagnosis, Dennis retired from his position to focus on his health. He and his wife spoke with local radio station KCUR 89.3 to discuss the Alzheimer’s symptoms he experiences, his diagnosis, and what it means for them. To listen to their complete interview, visit KCUR by clicking here.

What We Can Learn

Dennis and Stephene’s experience with Alzheimer’s is unfortunately not an uncommon story. However, there is plenty that spouses and families can take away from the Moore’s story and apply to their own situation.

1. Recognize and report Alzheimer’s symptoms

You know your spouse better than anyone else. If you begin to notice changes in their behavior that are related to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, don’t be afraid to speak up. While your loved one may deny any changes or symptoms, speak with a medical professional about your concerns. An early diagnosis can often help you both prepare for the future.

2. Make the tough decisions early on

While it is not always possible, an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis can help you and your spouse make plans for the future. Talking to employers and family members about the diagnosis is important. You can decide together when the best time to stop working will be. Investigate insurance and other financial aid benefits available. Although it is difficult, making decisions about palliative and hospice care while your spouse is still well enough is essential. Making these tough decisions early on will be helpful for you both as the disease progresses.

3. Support for your changing relationship

Cognitive regression, behavioral changes, and need for outside care assistance will inevitably cause changes in your relationship. You may find yourself grieving for the loss of your spouse as their memory worsens. Talking with family, friends, and even professionals can help you cope. Local support groups offer resources such as support groups for the family members of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

[Alzheimer’s Association Resources]

Caring for a loved one, especially a spouse, with Alzheimer’s is a challenging and often stressful responsibility. Know that you are never alone. There are professionals trained and experiences in providing Alzheimer’s care and support available to help.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Enjoying Holidays: Tips for Caregivers of Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 6:54:10 PM
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Keep celebrating the holidays, even as your loved one’s situation changes

The holiday season is often a time for family parties, shared meals, and gift giving. As we get older, we all look back on favorite holiday memories, remembering special outings, events, and presents. If you have a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, celebrating these memories may seem bittersweet. Holidays can become filled with stress, frustration, and sometimes sadness. Understanding that holidays may be different now and preparing you and your loved one accordingly can help keep joy during the holidays.

Try these 3 tips to celebrating the holidays with loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia:

1. Find balance

Many family members feel overwhelmed by caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, and this can be exacerbated during the busy holiday season. Finding a balance between caring for others and caring for yourself is key. Consider simplifying your holiday celebrations to cut back on planning, shopping, or cooking tasks that can become time-consuming.

While you want to spend quality time with your loved one during the holiday, don’t feel like you have to miss out on other traditions. If you receive invitations to celebrations your loved one with Alzheimer’s cannot attend, go without them. Knowing you have a support system of family, friends, or professionals to keep your loved one company will help you enjoy other activities and free time.

[Holiday Hints for Alzheimer’s Caregivers]

2. Prepare Loved One With Alzheimer’s

Sometimes extra help may be needed to provide adequate Alzheimer’s care. If your loved one is in a memory care facility and unable to go to holiday events, bring the party to them. Visiting in smaller groups for shorter periods of time may be beneficial to loved ones with dementia who become overwhelmed.

Sticking to your loved one’s schedule during holiday festivities is essential. Making sure they get enough rest, drink plenty of water, and take medications on time will impact their comfort and mood. Having a quiet place for them to rest away from loud, crowded events can help ease their discomfort.

[10 Holiday Survival Tips]

3. Involve the Whole Family

Family members and friends who have not seen your loved one in a while may be surprised by their change in behavior or abilities. When planning holiday activities, make it clear to these guests that the situation has changed. Instead of elaborate gifts or complex games, try making favorite foods and listening to music. Guests can take turns visiting with their loved one in a comfortable, non-threatening environment.

Being patient and flexible can go a long way when celebrating the holidays with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia. If you remain positive and take each day as it comes, you and your loved one will have a more enjoyable time.

[Tips to Enjoying the Holidays]

The holiday season should be a time for family, friends, and celebration. While your loved one may not be able to recall all of your favorite memories with them, they can still enjoy the atmosphere and companionship that comes with the holidays. Taking the extra time and effort to consider their wants, needs, and abilities when planning holiday events can help ensure comfort and joy for all.

If you and your family see that a loved one with Alzheimer’s could use some extra assistance, consider ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS. Our residential memory care facilities provide the loving, personal care needed by seniors with dementia. We are happy to help you start the conversation about memory care with family members or your senior loved one. Please visit our website to learn more.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Support the Central and Western Kansas Alzheimer’s Association Chapter

Thursday, November 16th, 2017 7:50:38 PM
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Join Comfort Care Homes Wichita in fundraising for Alzheimer’s research at RIVALZ 2017

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may find yourself wanting to do something to help. Providing emotional and physical support, a listening ear, and a helping hand are great places to start. But in the face of such a destructive disease, one that 5 million Americans live with every day, there is definitely a desire to do more. The Alzheimer’s Association is leading national organization dedicated to accelerating research and education and has local chapters across the country. Participating in fundraising opportunities with our local Central and Western Kansas chapter is a great way to get involved in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease.

Our Local Chapter: Central and Western Kansas

Comfort Care Homes Wichita is an active participant in our local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Our president, Doug Stark, sits on the board of our local chapter and helps make decisions about fundraising events, promotions, awareness, and education.

Last month we organized and hosted the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an annual event which encourages residents of Western and Central Kansas to walk, fundraise, and learn about Alzheimer’s disease. Our staff at Comfort Care Homes Wichita walked for family members, friends, Residents, and other loved ones. This event was incredible for our community and our efforts in raising money for Alzheimer’s research.

Upcoming Events: RIVALZ Flag Football Game – November 18, 2017

The next local Alzheimer’s Association fundraising event is coming up on November 18th. Two teams of women divided to reflect rivalries (such as Blondes vs Brunettes) compete in a friendly, but fierce, flag football game to inspire fundraising, awareness, and action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. While the teams have already been set, there are still ways to participate in this fun event!

We’re very close to reaching our goal and your participation is key! Purchase tickets to the event and direct your donation to either team. Proceeds from both teams go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. Direct donations to players or teams can be made online if you’re unable to attend.

For complete event information, view the secure website here: http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=10805&pg=entry

For more information about the Alzheimer’s disease care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Compassion Fatigue: Working Self-Care into Your Dementia Care Plan

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 7:11:53 PM
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It is common for family caregivers to experience a myriad of emotions when providing dementia care for a loved one. On one hand, it can be personally rewarding to provide meaningful care for a loved one who once cared for you. However, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, stressed, frustrated, and even angry. This type of emotional exhaustion is called compassion fatigue and is something many caregivers face.

If you provide care for a loved one or are facing hard decisions about bringing professional care into the picture, you may find yourself placing the needs of others ahead of your own. Self-care, breaks, and outside assistance are essential to every dementia care plan and will benefit you and your senior loved one.

What is Compassion Fatigue?

Compassion fatigue is a state of extreme tension or stress that occurs when someone is helping someone who is suffering or in distress. Compassion fatigue is often a pre-cursor to caregiver burnout and causes family caregivers to feel emotionally drained. Caregivers experiencing compassion fatigue often bottle up emotions, feel isolated, have poor stress management, and may participate in destructive behaviors. [http://www.compassionfatigue.org/]

Compassion fatigue may be the result of providing long-term care for a loved one with a chronic disease, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Family caregivers may at first feel concerned for their loved ones suffering but then eventually start to experience the suffering themselves but in the forms of helplessness, hopelessness, and a sense of isolation. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4683933/]

Finding Wellness for Caregivers

If you identify with compassion fatigue or simply feel the need for support as a caregiver, you are not alone. There are steps to wellness that can help improve your caregiving experience, which will benefit not only you but your loved one and family as well.

1 – Recognize the Signs

Compassion fatigue cause caregivers to act uncharacteristically towards loved ones. This may include yelling, resentment, isolation, and/or guilt. Being able to recognize these changes in yourself or a family member who is a caregiver can help you make positive changes in your dementia care plan. This will benefit your loved one with dementia and the caregivers providing for them every day.

2 – Make a Daily Self Care Plan

It can be easy to commit so fully to caregiving that you no longer properly care for yourself. Self-care is an essential part of a dementia care plan for caregivers. Self-care can include exercise, taking breaks, asking for help, and talking about frustrations with trusted friends or professionals.

3 – Find and Utilize a Support System

Family caregivers often feel personally responsible for the well-being of a senior loved one. It is important to recognize and utilize dementia care plan resources such as siblings, friends, and professionals that can assist with caregiving. For loved ones with dementia, there will likely come a time when professional assistance is required to maintain their well-being. Research dementia care options before you become overwhelmed.

Asking for help is a sign of strength, not one of weakness. Knowing your limits and when to ask for professional caregiving assistance is the best thing you can do, not only for your senior loved one but for yourself as well. Consider ComfortCare Homes for your dementia care needs in Wichita, KS.

Resource:

Dementia Action Alliance

For more information about the Alzheimer’s disease care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

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