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My walk down my dementia care community’s hallway turned into a sprint as I saw a family member of one of my residents struggling to lift his mom. “Woah, woah!” I cried out, running for her wheelchair as he continued holding her up.
I took the chair and pulled it behind the couple as an aide helped me lower the woman into her chair.
Once she was settled safely in her chair, I looked up at him. “What are you doing?” I asked him, as calmly as I could. “She was about to fall,” I added.
The rights of people with Alzheimer’s are listed on many websites, including that of the Australian Ageing Agenda. While it is often overlooked caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s have rights also – plenty of them.
Too often caregivers dedicate themselves 100% to their charges, completely ignoring themselves and their own needs. This often leads to physical illness and mental health problems.
“Good enough” is enduring 25 minutes of mean and nasty and unrelenting remarks on the drive to an adult day program twice each week.
By Pamela R. Kelley Alzheimer's Reading Room
Those of us who turn to The Alzheimer’s Reading Room as caregivers are making every effort we can to do right by our loved ones afflicted with dementia.
We sacrifice much in pursuit of the goal. We’re focused on trying to provide loving care, and trying to create some ease and contentment for someone we love who needs a lot of assistance.
Respite is essential. We’re in it for the long haul, and we have to last.
When our tank runs to empty, we simply cannot perform our roles with the same kind of enthusiasm or grace that we try to bring to the effort. We need to be able to restore our spirits so that we can bring our best efforts to bear.