Planning long-term care
It’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to be the sole care provider for someone with Alzheimer’s through the entire course of the disease. Eventually, there will be times when you may need some form of assistance, even if it’s only for one task or for a few hours a week. Depending on where you live, a variety of care resources may be available to help you.
One obstacle you may need to overcome in getting this assistance is your own reluctance to ask for help. You may be worried that your loved one won’t feel comfortable with other caregivers. Maybe you think that no one else can provide care as well as you can. These reactions are common and may be, to some extent, valid. In fact, getting assistance can make caregiving less burdensome, both physically and emotionally. This assistance can provide other resources and skills that you may not possess and give you a chance to rejuvenate your caregiving. Your loved one may actually seem to improve when these other resources are used. This can occur because his or her socialization has increased. The improvement can also relate to your lowered stress level as a caregiver.