In the early stages, you may act more like a care partner, than a caregiver. Your role is one of support, love and companionship. You are there to help with daily life, as needed, and to help the person with Alzheimer’s plan for the future. Since no two people experience Alzheimer’s alike, the degree of assistance needed from a care partner in this stage varies. Being a caregiver for someone in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s requires flexibility and patience. As the abilities of the person with Alzheimer’s change and functioning independently becomes more difficult, you will have to take on greater responsibility. Daily routines will need to be adapted, and structure will become more important. During the late stages, your role as a caregiver focuses on preserving quality of life and dignity. Although a person in the late stage of Alzheimer’s typically loses the ability to talk and express needs, research tells us that some core of the person’s self may remain. This means you may be able to continue to connect throughout the late stage of the disease.
Care Partner Resources and Support We provide families and caregivers of loved ones living with dementia an array of material to help them stay informed and take a proactive role in their caregiving. These resources include a daily connections guide to assist the BrightStar Care caregiver trained in Alzheimer’s and Dementia deliver personal and meaningful care, home safety checklist, guide to health and wellness, assessing and responding to the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and more.
How BrightStar Care can helpBrightStar Care® is your solution for professional care for early, middle, and late-stage dementia care. Our mission is to provide your loved one living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia the individualized care and support they need to:
- Live with Dignity and Purpose safely and securely in their own home
- Enjoy Optimal Health and emotional well-being
- Maintain Connections to the people, places, things, and memories that matter most to them