Taking care of an elderly loved one, especially one who has been diagnosed with dementia, can be a tough and emotional journey.
Taking care of an elderly loved one, especially one who has been diagnosed with dementia, can be a tough and emotional journey. Sue found this out first hand when she had to leave her business and partner behind to take care of her father. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but it was only after her mother's death that his condition became more apparent, adding to the family stress.
Sue realized that she needed help, and after much consideration, she approached the idea of professional care for her father in July 2020. However, the thought of strangers looking after her dad made her feel guilty and stressed. Nevertheless, she knew it was the right thing to do for both her and her father's wellbeing.
Sue spoke to several care companies in the Camberley area, but she chose Home Instead because they offered tailored live-in care that was designed entirely around her father's needs and wants. From the initial consultation, Sue felt that Home Instead was more friendly, with a more comfortable and less clinical approach. She was impressed with Mahdi, the owner of the local Home Instead, Farnborough and Ascot, that covers the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire borders, and how he took the time to get to know her dad and his specific needs.
One of the main concerns when considering professional home care is funding. However, there is support available, with allowances and help with council tax, for example, but it all depends on individual circumstances. Sue advises not waiting too long to look for professional care, as it can make a significant difference to both the loved one's and the caregiver's mental health.
Sue emphasises that caring for an elderly loved one on your own can be too much, and it's okay to reach out for help. Without professional help, stress within the wider family can cause longer-term problems. It's crucial to consider your own mental health and ask for help, no matter how much you feel you know and what you can do.
Sue's journey to peace of mind with care for her father was not an easy one, but she found the right help and support from Home Instead. If you find yourself in a similar situation, don't hesitate to seek professional care and support. Remember, it's okay to ask for help, and it can make a world of difference for both you and your loved one.