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When you have an elderly or special needs person living in your home, your days can seem to go on forever. Even though the days feel long, you feel that there simply aren't enough hours in the day to take care of everything you need to in a 24 hour period and have time left to take care of yourself. It is easy to run yourself ragged when you have someone depending on you. One thing I found to be my saving grace is the home care service that I hired to help me with my husband. Find out what a home care service can do to help you through these difficult days here on my blog.

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Dementia is a terrible disease for everyone involved with it. The person who has it is slowly having their sense of self stolen from them, while their loved ones have to watch them slip away from them mentally while still being there physically. The patient's family and loved ones also have to deal with trying to keep the person safe and cared for while dealing with an adult who sometimes knows what's going on and sometimes doesn't and who may sometimes think that they are a child.

Dementia can also cause the person who has it to be very impulsive and to have problems with their anger control. All those things can be really wearing on family members who are trying to care for someone with dementia. Luckily, there are things that you can do if you have a loved one with dementia. 

Respite Care

One thing that you can do is to work with a home health care agency to come up with some respite care. If you are caring for your loved one all day, every day, you can get very tired and you can end up with not having the time you need in order to go out and do something for yourself. That's where respite care comes in. You can get X amount of hours each month where either a worker will come into your house or you can take your loved one to a center. They will care for your loved one while you are able to get some time to yourself so that you can catch your breath, take a few hours for yourself, or do whatever it is you need to do. 

Adult Day Care

If you need to work or have to be gone during the day, you may also want to look into an adult day care program. Just like child care, you would take your loved one there in the mornings and then pick them up at the end of the day. Your loved one could also be there for just a few hours of the day, whatever works best for you and your family. There would be trained people there who could care for your loved ones, as well as programs that would allow your loved one to do things and stay engaged, which can help with dementia. 

If you have a loved one dealing with dementia, it's hard on you and them. There are things that you can do that will make everything easier on you and your family member. Talk to a senior home care agency today.