When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia get ready for a whirlwind. The next step in Alzheimer care varies depending on a number of factors. How functional are they? Do they wander? What coping tools are they using? Are they safe? Should they drive? And the list goes on.
If Alsheimer’s suspected at all, a diagnosis is the first step in getting the proper care. Some of the signs of Alzheimer’s disease are repeating themselves, forgetting where they put things, leaving notes all around the house, having a hard time finding the right words and maybe even forgetting who you are.
As the signs start to show up it’s time to make sure everything is in place. The Alzheimer’s Association is a huge help. They can help guide you and they are available 24/7.
Your next step is to make sure you have things in order. If it hasn’t already been done start with a Will, choose an executor, and get Advanced Directives/Power of attorney for health care and for financial affairs. Check with a lawyer that specializes in elder care. The Lawyer can draw up all the legal papers and make sure someone is chosen for the Power of Attorney’s and for the executor of the will should be someone that knows the person’s wishes and can be trusted. A lawyer can help write everything out so that it is in the best interest of the elder person.
Take note of all the behaviors because it will help when going to the doctor. It’s not always easy to get the patient to the doctor. Many professionals talk about therapeutic fibbing to get them there. For example, “I need you to go with me to the doctor” and then talk with the doctor and have the doctor talk to you beforehand so you can come up with a plan for the appointment to go smoothly.
Be prepared with questions and a list of things you and others have noticed. It may be sneaky, but you have to remember that it’s for their own good.