No Need to Panic at Early Signs of Alzheimer’s
Seniors across the country are grateful for all the services available to help them continue enjoying full, productive lives in their own homes. Many of the physical and mental conditions that accompany the aging process can be managed in the community. The in-home care Tacoma WA residents can access includes specialized services for coping with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
It is all too easy to rush to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease every time your aging parent or other loved one forgets something or loses track of a conversation. Drawing upon 20 years of experience with in home care and assisted living referrals, Always Best Care can help alleviate your concerns. These specialists in elderly care in Tacoma can suggest ways for you to keep an eye on your loved ones without jumping to conclusions. Once you have solid information to work with, you can meet with a care manager at Always Best Care and assess the kind of services your parents might need in order to maintain their independence.
Watch for Early Indicators of Alzheimer’s Disease
Start by watching and recording incidents or patterns that might indicate Alzheimer’s, including:
- Confusion completing routine tasks such as emptying the dishwasher or taking the dog for a walk
- Misplacing everyday items such as house keys
- Mixing up medication
- Increasing deterioration of memory
- Increasing inability to carry on a rational conversation
- Confusion about time and the relationship of hours, days and weeks
Remember that you are looking for patterns of behavior and speech, not just the occasional incident that everyone experiences. When you realize there is an ongoing or worsening situation, it is time to talk to the professionals. Many seniors resist seeking help so be prepared to be as positive and persuasive as possible, which means you also have to understand and accept the reality of the situation and the services available.
Next Steps for Arranging Senior Care
You might want to make a doctor’s appointment for a clinical assessment and diagnosis and then chat with the professionals at Always Best Care about in-home care services. Always Best Care’s trained, insured staff understand how difficult the situation is for you and your loved one. They know your objective is to ensure a safe environment for your parent to live as independently as possible with dignity. Contact Phil Natsiopoulos, the Always Best Care Care Coordinator for senior care in Tacoma WA at (253) 534-9596 or by email at [email protected].