4 Steps to take when a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer's


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Getting the news that a family member has Alzheimer's can be devastating. Know there is hope. Here are 4 steps you can take when you first hear about the diagnosis.

1. Have your loved one properly assessed and explore treatment options.

No single test can diagnose Alzheimer's, so doctors are likely to run a number of tests that can help pinpoint the problem and stage your loved one is at. A good evaluation should include physical and cognitive evaluations, as well as laboratory testing. The doctor should also obtain a detailed description of the cognitive changes that the patient and/or family have observed.

2. Learn as much as you can about Alzheimer's.

Caregiverstress.com is a great resource when you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's and other dementia-causing diseases bring new and unfamiliar challenges and issues for families. Learning about Alzheimer’s and how to manage it is important not only for you but for the whole family to be a part of.

3. Get outside help.

Burnout both physically and mentally is inevitable when caring for a family member with dementia. Even the strongest, most well-intentioned person will have a rough go without a support system. Here are a few ideas that may help:
• Be open to asking for help from, family, friends, neighbors, etc.

• Use the community services available to you.

• Join a caregiver support group.

• Hire a caregiver - hiring a caregiver can be a huge relief for you and your family.

4. Call Home Instead Vancouver to help you walk through this journey.

Give us a call at 604-428-9977 and one of our team members will guide you through how we can help you and your loved one. We offer FREE consultations and will meet with you and your family anytime you need. We can also help connect you with community support groups, homes, or help with any other tough decisions that you need to make.
Written by Kim Lepp, Owner of Home Instead Vancouver


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