When your loved one receives a diagnosis for Dementia or Alzheimer’s, it can be a shock to them and you.
They may believe they’re completely fine and their doctor is a liar, you know you’re about to turn your world upside down to help them however you can. As the person falling into this role as a caregiver for your family, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed with it all. Where should you start? What will your days look like from here on out? When will there be time to go through their mountain of papers and update their legal documents? Out of all the important things to do, what should be prioritized first?
Caregiving is hard work, and it’s even harder when you become one for someone you love with no professional training. Since June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, we thought we should share some resources for family caregivers in Washington, provided by the Department of Health and Social Services.
Here’s a Dementia Road Map for those caring for a loved one just beginning their journey in Dementia/Alzheimers. It includes info on what to expect at each stage, what changes should be made and when, advice for planning legal and medical advances, and much more.
If you’re in charge of official paperwork and organizing, The Legal Planning Toolkit highlights exactly what documents to prepare ahead of time and what they mean. It also talks about how your loved one’s capacity to understand plays a role in the legal process.
For those living with their loved one around the clock, The Dementia Safety Kit has plenty of info on safety hazards to watch for, how to prevent them, and what to do when something bad happens.
If you don’t know much about Dementia or how to manage symptoms, this Let’s Talk Dementia Series is a free collection of videos full of tips, tricks, and stories from people with Dementia/Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
We also have info to help interact with your loved one as well as ways to care for yourself as you take on caregiving.
And if you find yourself needing a break, whether it’s for an hour or a day, CHC is here to provide that respite and services to ensure your loved one’s needs are met.