West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
For caretakers who wonder whether or not an elder parent - even one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia - needs additional safety measures, Eldercare expert, Judie Rappaport has compiled a list of seven easy questions which can help assess each individual’s needs.
“Don’t wait until there’s a problem,” urges Judie “take action at the first sign of impairment. Even if you are still working toward a diagnosis, start taking simple steps to protect your parent now!”
“More than ever before, people need this information,” Judies reports. The number of households providing eldercare for one or more loved ones is at an all-time high. Coupled with the fact that Alzheimer’s and related dementias are also being diagnosed at record-breaking rates, many adult children are now caring for parents with treacherous impairments.
The most widely diagnosed form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), erases past memories including those that help notice, acknowledge and avoid danger. AD patients cannot discern dangerous situations from safe activities.
What simple home safety measures can be implemented in order to maximize the quality of life for these elders? Judie takes an excerpt from her book, ©Eldercare 911, The Caregiver’s Complete Handbook for Making Decisions, and offers these easy suggestions:
Since each elder parent is unique, the care for each parent should also be individualized. Whatever the living arrangements – at home, assisted living, or a full time care facility – the elder parent’s particular needs should always be met, especially when it comes to safety.
Judie adds her inspiring words, “I hope we all develop a greater understanding of the needs for our elder parents. With more information, education, and support for caregivers, we can change the way the world sees the elderly.”
Judie Rappaport is the President of Preferred Lifestyle Services, which provides care management services specializing in care for families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. She writes a blog as well as a question and answer forum for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias caregivers at http://www.dementiaexpert.com and http://www.preferredlifestyleservices.com. The websites provide links to vital information and programs.
She is also the co-author of the well-received books, Eldercare 911: The Caregivers Complete Handbook for Making Decisions and The Eldercare 911 Question and Answer Book. Judie also writes, Eldercare 911, a weekly column answering readers’ caregiving questions. The successful column is in it’s 7th year in Florida’s Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.
For more information on eldercare specializing in the care of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, contact Judie Rappaport at JR(at)prefsvcs(dot)com or phone 561-277-9544.