In Isaac Asimov’s opinion, “The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” It is a common belief for lots of family caregivers when their loved one is diagnosed with a chronic condition, such as dementia. Even though this might instill some level of comfort in assuming that life can go forward as it always has, if only we refuse to acknowledge this new reality, the truth, needless to say, is that acknowledgement is essential to obtaining necessary support.
It’s understandable for family members to wish to accomplish everything possible independently to provide the care that a senior needs. Nonetheless, often at the crux of denial are thoughts of guilt, helplessness, and in some cases, incompetence in the ability to “fix things.” But you will find important benefits to be obtained – both for the individual and for his or her family members – by facing the situation head-on, like the chance to savor time together, and to uncover effective ways to take care of any issues being encountered now or once the condition progresses.
Here are some practical issues to consider for families struggling to come to grips with a chronic illness diagnosis:
Finding a reliable care partner is key. Amy’s Helping Hands, the Windsor-Essex elder care experts, can assist with many of the more mundane aspects of care, so you can spend higher quality time with the older adult you love. Contact us at 519.915.4370 for an in-home consultation and for additional information.