Staying Open-Minded About Your Healthcare

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn't know what I was going to do. After the devastation subsided, I decided to take a very standard, western approach to my healing. Although initial efforts were successful, my cancer recurred a few months later. I endured many additional months of treatment before I started focusing on myself. I decided it was time to incorporate complimentary alternative treatments into my healing regimen, including massage therapy. I can't even begin to tell you how much it changed my life. My healing became a process, instead of something I simply had to endure. I hope that the articles on my website can inspire you to stay open-minded about your own healthcare.

Care Giving Options For Alzheimer's Patients

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Alzheimer's disease is difficult for any family to deal with, but it can be especially challenging if you are caring for a loved one with this disease. As much as you may love someone, providing care for an Alzheimer's patient can be stressful and exhausting, but there are several options available to give you a break and make sure that your loved one is still properly cared for. If you are a full-time caregiver to a person with Alzheimer's disease, consider the following resources:

Adult Day Centers

Adult day centers are specifically designed to provide care and an opportunity for socialization. Some adult day centers cater to all senior citizens that would like to use their services, while others may specifically focus on providing day time care and support for patients with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. If your family member requires any medical attention or needs to take medication during the day, make sure that the day center that you choose has staff members who are qualified to provide medical care. Utilizing an adult day center can be especially helpful if you are a caregiver to a family member but also have a full-time day job. 

Outside Care in Your Home

It is not uncommon for a caregiver to need a break to run errands, attend doctor appointments, or just to have a few hours to themselves. There are a number of companies that offer in-home care for Alzheimer's patients. The type of care that you'll need will depend on your unique situation. You can hire in-home care personnel to provide companionship or help with personal care, and if your loved one requires medical attention you can hire skilled nursing professionals who will come to your home to assist with wound care, administering medication, or helping with a physical. In-home care can be used as much or as little as you need it, and it can be organized around your schedule. If you are interested in this kind of care for your loved one, then contact a service like ComForcare - Southern Montgomery County.

Residential Care Centers

There may come a point where your loved one's health is declining, and you can no longer provide the type of care that he or she needs. You should not feel guilty about this—Alzheimer's disease and other medical complications can be a challenge to care for, which is why many residential care centers specialize in caring for Alzheimer's patients. In a residential care center your loved one will receive around the clock personal care, as well as any medical care that he or she needs. It can be a hard choice to put your loved one in a residential care center, but you can rest assured that he or she will be well cared for.


24 March 2015