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Surprising Facts Regarding Alzheimer’s and How They Affect Caregiving

World Alzheimer’s Day falls on September 21st. It’s a time for fundraising, information, and a world that comes together to discuss this debilitating chronic condition. Whether it’s affected your family for years or it’s new and frightening, these are some of the facts your family should discuss.

The Average Person Lives Four to Eight Years After Diagnosis

Caregiver Thousand Oaks CA - Surprising Facts Regarding Alzheimer's and How They Affect Caregiving

Caregiver Thousand Oaks CA – Surprising Facts Regarding Alzheimer’s and How They Affect Caregiving

After a professional diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, most people will live another four to eight years. That’s not exact, however. Some people go on to live another 10, 15, or 20 years.

No one can tell you exactly how long your parent will have. No one can truly predict how long each stage will last. By the time your mom or dad is in the moderate stages of the disease, care is essential. Even if your parent is still dressing, showering, and managing personal care tasks, wandering, forgetting dinner is in the oven, or managing medications seems impossible. Caregivers are needed for those aspects of daily life.

The Estimated Lifetime Cost of Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s is Over $350,000

To care for just one Alzheimer’s patient over the rest of their lifetime costs an estimated $350,174. People with Alzheimer’s are more likely to visit hospital emergency rooms following a fall. They’re more likely to need home care and time spent in adult day programs. Plus, they’re more likely to also have other chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.

Symptoms Don’t Always Follow the Same Path

One of the most frustrating things about Alzheimer’s is that you don’t know what to expect from day to day. Some people wander, but others never do. If wandering occurs, there’s no warning that it’s about to happen. The same is true of agitation, anger, and panic attacks. They may suddenly appear from out of nowhere and require new care tactics before you’re ready.

Family caregivers need to plan for everything and hope they don’t need to use those plans. Have ideas in mind for redirecting angry outbursts that occur in the middle of a store or restaurant. Look into GPS devices that make it easier to find a parent who wandered away.

Caregiving Tasks Can Be Exhausting

An estimated 18.5 billion hours of care are provided by informal caregivers to Alzheimer’s patients each year. Usually, it’s an adult child providing this care, and 66 percent of those family caregivers are female and under the age of 65.

If you’re caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s, it’s so important to make sure you have help. A sibling taking over once a month isn’t enough. You need time each day to have to yourself. Talk to a home care agency about respite care and part-time caregivers. You owe it to yourself to focus on your well-being by letting a professional home care aide take over.

Sources:  https://www.alz.org/media/documents/alzheimers-facts-and-figures-2019-r.pdf

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Caregiver Services in Thousand Oaks CA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hearts Home Care today. Proudly Serving the Los Angeles & Ventura County. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! (805) 371-0033, (818) 593-0094, (310) 230-5601.

Robert Ruetschle

Partner and CEO at Assisting Hearts Home Care
Assisting Hearts Home Care is a full-service and independent in-home care agency that has served the senior community of Los Angeles and Ventura counties for 10 years. We can now serve communities throughout all of Ventura and Los Angeles counties and provide exceptional care service to our clients by our exceptional caregivers.

Our team is comprised of highly experienced and dedicated professionals who are focused on providing exceptional in-home care services to our clients and their families.We are proud to have served thousands of individuals and families since our inception.

Assisting Hearts Home Care was established in 2008 by two professionals a husband and wife team who started the company after personally experiencing the challenges of caring for their aging parents and grandparents. They experienced first-hand at how difficult it was to find care that worked around your schedule and not the schedule of the agency with caring and dedicated caregivers. Since January 2008 Assisting Hearts Home Care has been owned and operated by Robert Ruetschle.Prior to opening Assisting Hearts Home Care, Robert was in upper management of a national pharmaceutical manufacturing company and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Robert is passionate about supporting our older adult community and helping individuals age with dignity and grace in their own homes.

It is our mission to give peace of mind to our clients and their families by providing exceptional care.Our caregivers are also supported by an office staff of Senior Advisors and advanced CNA’s.Our team looks forward to getting to know each client and family personally.