Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients and their Families
As September comes to an end, this also means that World Alzheimer’s Month™ is wrapping up. Alzheimer’s disease progressively destroys a person’s memory and other important mental functions. As it continues to get worse over time, those affected eventually lose the ability to perform the simplest tasks.
In an effort to raise awareness this month, we’ve shared some GreaterGood campaigns to benefit the Alzheimer’s community. This included a toll-free hotline that provides much-needed information and assistance, and supporting an organization that funds ground-breaking Alzheimer’s research to improve the prognosis of those affected with the disease. As we close the month out, we would like to share one last initiative from the The Alzheimer’s Site™.
Because of the nature of Alzheimer’s disease, those affected are typically attended to by family or, if it can be afforded, professional caregivers. Unfortunately, the patient’s dependence on others can take a serious toll on family and caregivers. Their needs and demands can be physically, emotionally, and financially exhausting. Often the cost of full-time assistance prevents families from utilizing this type of care, so a portion of the responsibility always falls on family.
ExtraCare is a facility that offers much-needed respite to family and caregivers. The overall goal of the supportive day program is to enrich the lives of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease while also providing personal time to their dedicated caregivers.
With an opportunity to participate in a variety of supervised activities, guests at ExtraCare are able to maximize their intellectual abilities. The social, physical, mental, and creative programs are customized to individually meet each person’s needs. This ensures they receive an adequate amount of attention that families can trust and depend on when they take a break from caregiving.
By purchasing a Gift That Gives More™, you can help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia get the care they require, while also giving a well-deserved rest to their hard-working families. Click here to contribute towards excellent care for Alzheimer’s patients.