“It's Becoming Harder and Harder for Me to Take Care of My Husband...”
The decision to seek Alzheimer’s care outside the home is a personal one for the individuals and families involved. No doubt your greatest concern is your husband’s well-being. As a loving wife your first inclination is to care for him yourself. But the reality is, Alzheimer’s disease places incredible demands on caregivers, eventually requiring their attention 24 hours a day. The result is that more than 40% of Alzheimer’s caregivers rated their stress as “high” or “very high” in a national study. Even more ominous, over 30% showed signs of clinical depression.
Because caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s is such an arduous task – both physically and mentally – the decision to seek outside help is often influenced as much by the health and well-being of the caregiver, as by the person with the disease. Bottom line: When the physical and social needs of your loved one become more than you can satisfy in the normal functioning of your daily life, it’s time to look for an alternative.
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