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Advocating for a Senior with Alzheimer’s

By Rick Cohen, 7:15 pm on

In order to act as an advocate for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of their condition and, ideally, their care preferences. While there is no need to have a legal background, some decisions you will have to make may require the guidance of a lawyer. The following are a few tips for how to successfully advocate for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s, presented by Milwaukee Home Care Assistance.

Make Important Care Decisions Early

Seniors with any form of Alzheimer’s should make as many of their care decisions as soon as possible after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or before that point, if possible. Consider either recording the conversation (with the patient’s consent) or having an attorney present during the discussion.

When Decisions and Preferences Make Sense

While some decisions a patient makes, such as not wanting to take their medication, may require stepping in for their own safety and well-being, this isn’t always the case. Determine whether or not such decisions are characteristic of previously expressed views or out of character for that individual. If, for instance, decisions a patient is making now are in line with their typical way of thinking, those preferences may be perfectly sound.

Make It a Group Effort

Advocating for a senior with any form of Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be a solo effort. Keep other key family members and relevant care providers (i.e., doctors, nurses, other caregivers) involved with the process as much as possible. The patient should also be encouraged to provide input as long as they remain mentally capable.

Ensuring Quality of Life

As an advocate for a senior with Alzheimer’s, you’re going to be acting in that senior’s best interest. For this reason, it’s important to put aside personal preferences that may differ from known or documented wishes of the patient and seek legal expertise as necessary.

If you are concerned about the course of the disease and how to care for your loved one as the disease progresses, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Milwaukee today. Along with flexible hourly and live-in care schedules, we have a team of highly trained and compassionate caregivers who provide professional Alzheimer’s care in Milwaukee. To request more information or a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call 414-964-8000 and speak with a friendly Care Manager.