Currently, about two-thirds of Americans with those conditions are cared for at home.

And though progress is being made on the home front for those caring for family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, as the disease progresses, it carries with it a tremendous physical and psychological burden on the family members doing the caregiving. This is usually the husband, wife or partner of the patient.

That is why it is vital that the family access community support systems, such as local Alzheimer’s organizations, that can provide reassurance and support groups.

It is also important that family caregivers seek outside help if they feel they are becoming ill from the strain of caregiving as the disease progresses.

This strain can easily become intolerable for spouses trying to cope all alone at home with an Alzheimer’s sufferer. They themselves can have a physical or mental breakdown.

There should be no shame or guilt in seeking respite care from a professional home care agency.

People who are not trained professionals often find it a strain to be caregivers, and should not feel that this makes them a bad or unloving partner or child.

By turning to outside resources, a family can also delay having to place Alzheimer’s sufferers in a long-term-care facility and, instead, keep them in the comfort of their own home.

Interim HealthCare has formed a strategic partnership with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to support AFA’s goals related to dementia care professionals, including:

  • Raising the level of professional care provided to individuals who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Supporting professionals as they support those in need by providing practical training
  • Setting standards of excellence through the AFA qualification program
  • Offering networking and advocacy opportunities

Interim HealthCare, a leader in the home healthcare industry, recognizes the special needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their families.

Creating an Alzheimer’s- and dementia-friendly and safe environment is an important step in making it possible for people to remain at home much longer and further into the disease.

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