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by | Sep 7, 2018

Are You Emotionally Ready to Care for a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease?


Your choice to be a family caregiver for your aging parent can be one of the most pressing and meaningful decisions you make.
Not only are you at determining whether you will be the one to help your senior manage their individual needs and challenges, and help them live their highest quality of life, but you’re also making a decision that will impact your partner, your children, your career, your friends, and yourself. This is a decision that should not be taken lightly, and it is important for you to evaluate all aspects of this decision, and the reality of being a family caregiver for a senior who is living with a severe health issue such as Alzheimer’s disease, so you can make the decisions that are right for both of you.

Some things to ask yourself when you are considering whether you are emotionally ready to care for seniors Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Are you emotionally prepared to confront the reality of your senior’s mortality?
  • Can you cope with making important decisions for your parent based on both their wishes and the needs of the situation?
  • Do you have the patience to cope with challenges such as not being able to communicate effectively, not being able to manage basic daily tasks in the same way, and needing extensive daily care?
  • Are you easily manipulated by your aging parent to feel guilty about the decisions you make, or the amount of time you are with your parent?
  • Are you comfortable with providing potentially sensitive care, such as helping your parent bathe and get dressed, toilet, or groom themselves?
  • Do you have it in you to ask for, or accept, help when others offer it to you as you are caring for an elderly adult with Alzheimer’s disease?

Stepping into the role of being a family caregiver can be intimidating.

You know you will face stress and challenges, and you have the tremendous responsibility of taking care of your parent and ensuring they stay safe and healthy as they age. Making senior care an element of your care efforts for your aging parent can be a highly effective way to not only ensure your parent gets all of the care and assistance they really need, but also so that you do not face stress that can be damaging to your mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being. This helps to ensure a higher quality of life for your aging parents, and for you, as they age in place.

Are you or a family member considering Homecare in Sacramento, CA? Talk to the friendly staff at Golden Years In-Home Senior Care. Call us today at 916-333-0383. We are here when you need us!


About the Author, Carrie Ballard:

Golden Years In-Home Senior Care was founded by Ken and Carrie Ballard. Their passion for providing compassionate quality care for seniors began years ago, when they assisted in the operations of their family’s home care facilities. It was there, they realized their life long calling. Even at a young age, they both knew caring for seniors was what they wanted to do.


Golden Years

Privately Owned, Locally Established

As a privately-owned local company, Golden Years is well equip to adapt to each client’s needs on an individualized basis. We are not a franchise.
And because we are local, we are able to consult our care team concerning our clients care needs in a quick and efficient way. Our clients are our first priority. Nothing is more important to us than providing superior quality care for you or your loved.

Intensive Caregiver Training

At this time California has very few state requirements for caregivers. For this reason, many home care providers are not obligated to hire caregiver with formal training.
Golden Years always goes above and beyond the minimum requirements to ensure your loved one receives the best care possible. Each Golden Years caregiver completes Golden Years Academy, an orientation training program which ensures our caregivers have a complete understanding of all the essential care techniques. This provides for a safe, and effective home care experience.

Immediate Caregiver Response Time

Golden Years is available by phone 24/7.

Local Golden Years representatives are available to meet with clients for any reason.

We are here for you, at your convenience, to discuss any care needs or concerns. And we will create a customized solution for any care concern. In addition, we can schedule an in person meeting any day, and most times, available within a few hours. Lastly, we are available during the day, evening, or weekends. We will work around your schedule.

With Golden Years, clients and professional care partners can call anytime to speak with live staff 24/7.

Complimentary Nurse Wellness Visits

Every client receives a complimentary wellness visit within 30 days of care service from Golden Years' own nursing staff.

Although no regulations require nurse oversight in California, Golden Years goes above and beyond the industry standard. Our clients are routinely visited by a Golden Years nurse. Each visit consists of a wellness check where our nurse discusses care needs and takes notes pertaining to the overall wellness of the client. These notes are submitted to our care team for review, where care changes are discussed and implemented after the family’s approval. We go the extra mile to ensure your loved one receives the best care possible. We ca say with confidence, you won’t find any other locally owned care provider who will care for you or your loved one like us – By the way, there is never a fee for this service, it’s always free.

Specialized Care Management Program

At Golden Years In-Home Care, each client is assigned a dedicated Care Manager, ensuring personalized care that is second to none. This manager is available for questions, support, and scheduling changes.

Care Managers develop personal relationships with clients and their families, gaining insight into specific preferences and needs. This allows for effective communication, ensuring caregivers follow the care plan and adjust as needed.

Care Managers oversee caregivers, arrange services, make supervisory visits to seniors' homes, and conduct monthly wellness calls to families. They are specially trained to handle all client requests, providing comprehensive support for every client.