The Comfort of Home for Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide for Caregivers by Maria M. Meyer, Cynthia Epstein, Paula Derr, Mary S. Mittelman
Alzheimer's disease does not play favorites; it affects people of every income and education level. This increasingly common condition robs patients' cognitive and functional abilities, forcing caregivers to be on duty 24 hours a day. Consequently, Alxheimer's often takes a serious, unexpected toll on those who nurse the patient, inflicting significant emotional distress, depression, and anxiety. This entry in the Comfort of Home series shows family and para-professional home caregivers how to be ready for all of Alzheimer’s stages, with special emphasis on how to provide physical, day-to-day care safely and without conflict. Some of the important topics covered here include responding to problem behaviors, arranging the home to make it safe and comfortable, purchasing equipment, traveling with Alzheimer's patients, handling emergencies, and communicating with healthcare professionals to get effective service. Each chapter contains a wealth of tips to reduce caregiver stress, while special sections offer strategies for preventing the kind of burnout all too common in this field.
Dear Caregiver ix Acknowledgments xi To Our Readers xiii Getting Ready Understanding Alzheimer's Disease 3 Preparing the Home 21 Hiring and Paying for Care 57 Financial, Legal, and Medical Planning 85 Health Care for the Person with Alzheimer's Disease 103 Day-by-Day Living with Alzheimer's Disease Setting Up a Plan for Day-to-Day Activities 139 How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout 151 Understanding and Improving Communication 167 Activities of Daily Living 177 Understanding Behavior in Alzheimer's Disease 195 Moving, Transfers, and Falls 223 Special Occasions and Challenges 233 Additional Resources Caregiver Organizations 251 Glossary 257 Index 265