Reasons for Family Dementia Caregivers to Avoid Being in Denial

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A dementia diagnosis is never easy to accept. While it’s common to feel overwhelmed by fears that a senior loved one may change, it’s important to remember there are many treatments available that can ease dementia symptoms. Learning to accept a loved one’s dementia is also critical for avoiding the following dangers that can be prevented with prompt attention and care.

Delayed Professional Help

Often, a spouse or child notices signs that a loved one has dementia, such as memory lapses or confusion, but he or she attempts to make up for it by taking on more responsibility. However, this often leads to a family caregiver eventually being unable to provide all the support his or her loved one needs. It can delay diagnosis and treatment by a trained physician and prevent the family from finding a home care agency that can provide additional help. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Accidents

As dementia progresses, the risk of injuries due to accidents increases. Car accidents, forgetting to turn the stove off, and other mishaps can be serious for seniors with memory loss. Additionally, confusion can lead to a senior wandering away from home, and those who cannot recall their personal information are at greater risk for harm. Caring for a senior with dementia can be challenging for family caregivers. Luckily, there is dementia care Waterloo families can rely on. Professional dementia caregivers help seniors with dementia stay safe and comfortable at home by preventing wandering, providing cognitive stimulation, and assisting with household chores. 

Family Conflicts

When one person is in denial, it can affect the entire family. One reason for this is that conflicts can arise among family caregivers about how they handle their loved one’s daily routine. Additionally, those who deny a dementia diagnosis may force other family members to shoulder the entire burden of attending medical appointments and ensuring their loved one’s safety.

Missed Opportunities to Connect

Having a loved one with dementia often means learning how to communicate and connect in a new way. This is often a process that requires time and support from others who understand how to relate to seniors living with dementia. As you begin to accept your loved one’s condition, you can begin building a relationship that focuses on enjoying the good times while safeguarding your loved one’s health. Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Waterloo Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your loved one, call us at 319-260-2222 today.

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