Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another dementia can be an isolating experience. In a recent survey, 74% of Alzheimer's caregivers said they and their loved ones have become more isolated from society.
The unpredictable nature of this disease is often the primary reason caregivers find it easier to just stay home. They are afraid that local business may be too busy or confusing, or that their loved one may become anxious, disruptive, or even disoriented and lost.
Local business are also impacted by the isolation of Alzheimer's. In the survey, 87% reported that they leave the house less often, and 62 % are spending less money.
This month, Home Instead Senior Care launched the Alzheimer's Friendly Business training to help businesses learn how they can be more accommodating to their customers with Alzheimer's and their families. The training gives employees insight into the disease and offers techniques to be welcoming and help lessen some behavioral symptoms that may arise.
The Alzheimer's Friendly Business training is available through local Home Instead Senior Care franchises in the U.S. and Canada and can also be done online. Learn more about this innovative new training at www.AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com.
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