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Relying on a Professional Caregiver when Your Spouse Has Alzheimer’s

Caregiver in Apache Junction AZ

Married couples vow to take care of one another “in good times and bad,” even as they move into their 70s and possibly even their 80s. It’s a noble gesture to want to take care of your spouse when he’s Caregiver in Apache Junction AZdealing with the aftermath of a heart attack, stroke, or major surgery; however, the older you are, the more impact it’s going to have on your own immediate health and well-being as well.

Spouses often become the caregiver when their significant other has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Typically, the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s are relatively minor during the earlier stages; the significant other may not seem like he or she needs a great deal of assistance.  Thus, spouses often put off hiring an experienced home care provider for several years.  However, just because two people made a vow to be there “in good times and bad,” doesn’t mean he or she can’t rely on outside assistance.

What outside help can offer.

People who are in their 70s, or even older, experience increased physical burden as a result of having to do the majority of household tasks.  In addition, the emotional stress and anxiety that comes with being a caregiver to a loved one will begin to build as the disease progresses.

Relying on an experienced and professional caregivers, people who have prior experience working with seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, can be invaluable. They can offer strategies that can be quite effective at not only delaying the onset of the more serious aspects of memory loss, but also to help the senior be more comfortable and reduce stress and anxiety.

In addition, a home care aide can assist with basic light housekeeping, helping the elderly individual do laundry, getting him or her out of bed, and assisting with personal care.  This assistance may alleviate a significant amount of stress for the spouse.  While caring for an aging spouse with Alzheimer’s is a noble gesture, hiring a professional caregiver to help can be extremely beneficial for everyone.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Apache Junction, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.