As dementia or Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the caring role as family caregiver becomes far more intensive. Oftentimes family members find that they are struggling between the decision to continue caring for their loved one themselves or opt for a more viable care option.
Broadly speaking, the choice to enter a relative who struggles with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease into a long-term care facility is not something that people do easily. The decision is often associated with feelings of distress and considerable sadness.
Given the enormity of the decision, it is always recommended that this be a choice that you do not make by yourself. It is a good idea to make the decision in association with health service professionals and other family members.
Why it might be good to have someone step in
Some family caregivers are advised by healthcare professionals to have someone step in because the general deterioration after assuming the caretaking position is becoming too much. A caregiver might find that certain behaviors from their loved one, including paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, sleep disturbance, and aggression are too much to handle for an untrained caregiver.
These are a handful of the different warning signs that you as the family caregiver may need to consider letting someone else take over and entering your loved one into long-term placement:
- You have started to feel emotionally and physically exhausted because of your care. You are finding that it becomes difficult to offer the level of care required.
- You notice that there is a major decline in your relative’s physical or cognitive health.
- You start to feel as though you have exhausted all of your other care options. You have not had a vacation or a break from caring for a significant period of time.
- You notice that your own health is being adversely affected by your caring role. This may mean that you have too much stress, cannot sleep, or find that you have other physical ailments.
- You notice that your relative’s welfare and health is at risk because of challenging or dangerous behaviors, including aggression, sleep disturbance, or delusions.
It is important to understand that this is not an easy decision to make. It is only natural to feel overwhelmed. If you want to learn more about the possible options that you have or just want some advice, we highly recommend that you visit www.carltonseniorliving.com.