When someone is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, a lot of questions arise. Family and friends likely think of their loved one’s needs first. What kind of care will the person need? Who will be responsible for making sure their loved one receives that care? Who will be manage their loved one’s finances, assets, and the logistics of memory care? Will the person stay home, or should they relocate to a memory care community?
With all of the focus on their loved one and their life changes, caregivers often forget their own needs. They may be getting less sleep, missing out on time with their children or spouse, putting their hobbies and relaxation on the back burner, and pushing through the emotional stress of seeing their loved one go through the changes associated with their condition.
Caregiver stress is particularly pronounced when caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, compared with caregivers of people without these conditions, twice as many caregivers whose loved ones have dementia or Alzheimer’s indicate substantial emotional, financial and physical difficulties. And families bear an average of 70% of the total lifetime cost of caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Over time, caregivers can suffer from extreme stress and burnout in the midst of caring for their loved ones. And if the caregiver burns out, everyone suffers; the person living with dementia or Alzheimer’s is unable to receive quality care, and the caregiver suffers the physical and emotional toll of neglecting their own well-being.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, signs of caregiver stress include denial about your loved one’s condition, anger or frustration that your loved one can no longer do things they once could, or a lack of desire to engage in hobbies or social activities. Caregiver stress can also manifest as anxiety, depression, exhaustion, irritability, sleeplessness, and inability to concentrate. Memory caregivers may also experience physical symptoms like a rapid change in weight or appetite, body aches, migraines or persistent headaches, or getting sick more often or for longer periods of time. Over time, these symptoms can lead to more serious or long-term problems.
If you or someone you know is experiencing caregiver stress or caregiver burnout or would like to avoid the possibility altogether, Specialized Memory Care Communities, such as Marshall Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care in Evans, Georgia, can help. Assisted living and memory care communities can ease caregivers’ stress while providing top-notch, person-centered care to their loved ones.
Marshall Pines is designed to be an all-inclusive, personalized care solution for residents while providing their families with peace of mind. The very architecture of the community was designed for resident safety; residents’ apartments are designed to minimize hazards such as elevation changes and potentially dangerous appliances, and the beautiful grounds encourage daily movement while remaining safe and secure.
And the community’s 24/7 staff and safety features mean that your loved one will never be alone. Professional, caring staff members are available any time day or night. Apartments come with safety pull-cords, and each resident wears a location-based pendant to give residents and their families complete peace of mind.
Marshall Pines also boasts research-backed memory care programming that residents may not be able to get at home. The community’s certified Life Enrichment Director leads engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of a researched-backed health and wellness program.
While caregivers may feel responsible for personally caring for their loved ones, a memory care community may be a more appealing option for everyone involved. Not only will residents receive top-of-the-line care, but family members can also avoid the stress associated with being the sole caregiver for their loved one.
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