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Companion Care Can Help Family Members When Loved Ones Have Dementia

Aug 17, 2017 by Alan White

It’s not that you don’t love your mother or father, however, caring for your love one with dementia can be taxing. Initially, mom or dad are only slightly confused or forgetful. As the disease progresses, their memory appears to destroy the person you know and the pleasure you once had in spending time with your parent turns to frustration at best. Companion care professionals are not only trained to provide support for your mom or dad in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s memory loss, but they are also prepared for the many stages of the disease process.

Companion care providers also offer support services for you as well. They understand how important it is for you to understand the disease and the difference between what your parent understands and what they do not. One day your mother or father may recognize you and the next day look straight through you. As difficult as this may be, being aware of the stages that your love one is experiencing will be helpful for family members to recognize.

Both family members and caregivers should educate themselves on the dementia process. If companion care is not sufficient and additional support services are needed, it is important to understand what those requirements are and when to obtain those services from your parent.

We recommend if your parent’s memory loss becomes too personal and strained, family members should seek counseling. Too often it is difficult to recognize that your mother or father is not the same person they have been their whole life. It is even more difficult to accept they will never return to being the mom and dad you once knew. Counseling will benefit not only the family but also your loved one as you will be more able to see them in a new way but still love them for the parents they always have been.

Comfort Keepers of Canton serves families and their loved ones in Acworth, Adairsville, Ball Ground, Calhoun, Canton, Cartersville, Cherry Log, East Ellijay, Ellijay, Euharlee, Fairmount, Holly Springs, Jasper, Lebanon, Marble Hill, Oakman, Ranger, Rydal, Talking Rock, Tate, Waleska, White, Woodstock, and other areas surrounding Canton, Georgia.

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