When caring for Dad becomes too much for Mum
“Since Dad was diagnosed with dementia last year he has been increasingly difficult to manage at home. Mum can barely leave the house as Dad is so anxious when she’s not there. They’ve had a few instances now where Dad has called 000 when he can’t find her, even when she was just out the front talking with a neighbour. The only option seems to be residential care for Dad but neither wants to be separated. What can they do?”
HOW VITALIS HELPS
Supporting a loved one with advancing dementia can be challenging and the burden on carers is significant. Having a comprehensive assessment, assistive technology and an experienced caregiver to assist at home can reduce the stress and give full-time carers a much needed break to attend to their own needs, even having a haircut or seeing a movie with a friend, knowing their loved one is safe and well cared for.
Activities can include regular walks to improve communication and prevent wandering, medication reminders, music therapy, memory games and conversations about family histories.
Vitalis staff are skilled in monitoring for physical and mental changes that may indicate underlying conditions such as pain, depression or hearing loss that contribute to a patient’s anxiety. In-home care can enable your parents to continue living together at home and enjoy a better quality of life.