Did you know?

Until I took a seminar offered by Addus HomeCare, I was out of the loop. I thought that Alzheimers Disease was one step worse than Dementia, but I learned from Pam Sebern, Executive Director of Arden Courts, that Dementia is caused by Alzeimers!!!! This really threw me off my game!

The challenging behaviors that many caregivers have to deal with, like:

  • A client’s wandering or pacing
  • Anxiety or Agitation
  • Their catastrophic reactions to situations
  • The scary aggression they may display
  • Sun-downing
  • Screaming
  • Repeated movements
  • The layering or stripping off of their clothes
  • Hallucinations (depending on what type of Dementia your client is diagnosed with)
  • Delusions
  • Withdrawal and/or Apathy
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Rummaging
  • Sexual Behavior

All of these are things you may have to deal with, so beware before you take on this position as the condition never really gets better, only worse with time. But if you don’t take care of the clients and show them that With Age Comes Respect, certain institutions and hospitals that take them in will deal with them by restraining them and/or sedating them. Is this what you really want?

Now that you know a bit more, you should make up your mind up front as opposed to getting in over your head. You want to protect yourself because if you do not feel secure, neither will the client and this could affect their behavior as they feed off from yours. Make a decision and stick with it if you are truly dedicated to these people that truly need you! Elderly caregiving is not for everyone.

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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