Chelsea, MI (PressExposure) July 08, 2009 -- Care Giving professional, Rebecca Colmer, recently spoke to a group of people who care for aging loved ones. The topic was coping with caring for someone with Alzheimerâs disease, a progressive condition that eventually leaves one totally dependant on the care of others.
Rebecca offered some valuable family care tips for family members and caregivers. âDiscuss early on the wishes of the loved one regarding his/her primary physician, attorney, accountant and financial advisors. Keep the patient in a familiar and safe environment; allow them to be as independent as possible for as long as possible. Be aware of secondary medical problems and complications that can develop including bedsores and aspiration pneumonia. Talk with the doctor about what to expect.â
Rebecca provided a lot of information that one may not think about in advance including choosing clothing that is easy to get on and off to make bathing and personal care less difficult. âBe aware of signs of caregiver stress, eliminate distracting noises and make direct eye contact when speaking to the care receiver,â said Colmer. âRemain calm and maintain a pleasant facial expression and tone of voice. Use short, simple sentences with familiar words and avoid situations and places that are loud and crowded.â
The people who attended the meeting were most appreciative of the advice Rebecca offered. They were clear that Alzheimerâs disease is a devastating illness that requires extra consideration being given to the caregiver who is at risk of emotional and physical exhaustion that can lead to feelings of hopelessness and even depression. âGrieving for the loved one begins before their death; thoughtful planning and responsible care are essential elements of successful caregiving when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimerâs disease.â
Rebecca Sharp Colmer knows personally the challenges and rewards of family caregiving. She has been a long-distance caregiver for her father-in-law. She is also a long-distance caregiver for her parents and is a caregiver coach for a friend whose husband has Alzheimer's disease.
Rebecca is the founder of [http://www.meandmycaregivers.com] a site designed to provide caregivers with online resources and an online care and management system. Her innovative technologies have assisted thousands of care givers and care receivers.
Contact: Rebecca Sharp Colmer PO Box 157 Chelsea, MI 48118 rsc@MeAndMyCaregivers.com 734-730-5161 734-458-1098
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