Caring for a loved one with dementia is truly a team effort. Caregivers often need help caring for their loved one to avoid burnout and caregiver stress; they need support and education to continue being the caregiver their loved one needs and - most of all - they need others to step in and places their loved one can go when they need a break. It takes a large group of people to care for the immense needs of those with dementia, and this is why it’s important to identify resources within your community to ensure you’re taking advantage of all the help you can get. Suzy McCann, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, FL, states that too many caregivers try to take on the task of caregiving all by themselves. “Whether family isn’t close by or there are not many people to rely on, it’s important to find community resources that can assist in addition to or in lieu of family and friends,” she says. “Caregiving isn’t meant to be a one-person job. Caregivers truly need support, time to take care of themselves and to feel as if they are their own person. No matter how much they love caring for their loved one, there’s no shame in admitting you need help or asking for others to take some tasks off your plate so you can focus more on ensuring your loved one is living the most enriching life possible. If you search, it’s easy to find a wide array of resources that can significantly enhance your caregiving journey while making your life a little easier.”
4 Dementia Resources for Caregivers
Consider some of the following community resources that can help both you and your loved one on your caregiving journey.
- Local Memory Care Communities. Get in contact with some local memory care communities. Many of them host free events for those with dementia that can help to enhance their day while providing them with social interaction. They can also give your loved one an idea of what living at a memory care community could be like, allowing them to ease into the idea of a move.
- Support Groups. Caregivers need education and support to find effective ways to care for their loved one through each stage of dementia. Memory care communities, the Alzheimer’s Association and many other community organizations host support groups where you can bond and socialize with other area caregivers, share your stories and experiences and receive the education you need. Some even provide a fun activity or a meal for your loved one to enjoy while you attend support groups.
- Respite Care. If you simply need a day to yourself or are going on a vacation and will not be able to care for your loved one, consider trying a short-term respite stay or adult day center. This can give you the peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe, while allowing your loved one with dementia to enjoy fun activities, socialization and dedicated care.
- Meals on Wheels. If you are spending a lot of time preparing meals for your loved one, consider trying out meals on wheels. They can deliver meals to you or your loved one’s home, allowing you to spend less time cooking and more time enjoying time with your loved one.
For more information about community resources, contact the team at YourLife™ of Pensacola. Our expert team would be happy to provide tips, advice, support and more to help guide you on your journey. To RSVP to a support group or to learn more about our respite care program, contact us today!
The Memory Care Your Loved One Deserves.
Offering the very best in Memory Care, YourLife™ of Pensacola was designed specifically with residents in mind. We’ve created a community where residents can define their own lifestyle, based on their preferences, needs and story, all while having the peace of mind of 24-hour support and the freedom to define their own lifestyles. Because we focus solely on Memory Care, all of our resources and attention are on catering to each resident’s needs while providing unequaled peace of mind for families. Our licensed nurses and YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide personally inspired care and support, no matter what your needs. With such dedicated care, our residents have the support they need to live as independently and engaged as possible. At YourLife™ of Pensacola, YourStory comes to life. Whether you want to enjoy our exclusive activities and YourStory programming, spend time exploring our services and amenities, relax in our easy-to-navigate Memory Care neighborhoods and living areas or try something new, the choice is entirely up to you. Contact us to learn more!