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4 Truths No One Tells You About Being a Dementia Caregiver

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 9:00 am on

After a senior parent or relative is diagnosed with dementia, you may feel it’s your responsibility to step in and provide ongoing care. While being the primary caregiver is admirable, it’s also challenging and there are certain truths you’ll discover along the way.

1. Be Flexible

Your loved one will have good days and bad days. Even during the span of a single day, your family member will likely experience good and bad moments. Therefore, you’ll need to be flexible with your schedule. For instance, you may need to delay a trip to the supermarket when your senior relative is showing more exaggerated signs of confusion than normal. 

2. Realize Other People Will Offer Advice

Regardless of whether they have previous, caregiving experience, your family members, friends, and acquaintances will offer advice. They will try to tell you how to be a good at-home caregiver to your elderly loved one. Don’t let these occurrences unsettle you. Simply smile. In the end, you should do whatever you feel is best for your elderly relative.

3. You Can’t Do It All

When someone offers to help, don’t hesitate to accept it. Even small gestures of assistance can make your life easier and less stressful. For example, don’t refuse someone if he or she offers to:

  • Bring you a meal
  • Pick up a prescription
  • Spend time with your loved one

4. Breaks Are Crucial for Your Mental Health

In order to properly care for your aged loved one, you must pay attention to your own mental health. Taking regular breaks from caregiving will relax and rejuvenate you both physically and mentally. If you are uncomfortable leaving your loved one, consider respite care in Santa Rosa, which will ensure your loved one has support even when you’re not present. 

Caring for someone battling with dementia can be both challenging and rewarding. If you need help meeting your aging loved one’s needs or need a break to recharge, don’t hesitate to turn to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of elderly care Santa Rosa families trust, offering both comprehensive memory care as well as live-in and respite care. Give us a call today at (707) 843.4368 and schedule your free in-home consultation.