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What is a Caregiver?

Care (verb) – the act that is necessary for the health and welfare of someone or something.

Giver (noun) – someone who devotes themselves completely.

The definition itself is simple when put on paper, but a caregiver is so much more than a few words on a page.

A caregiver devotes themselves to being responsible for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Not only for one or two hours, but in some cases, for twenty-four hours a day, every day of the week. A full time position, caregivers willingly give support, love and careful attention to patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Caregivers are licensed nurses that offer a multitude of services. They are the rock of families who are going through their loved one’s experience with Alzheimer’s, and strive to make life a little easier for everyone. Caregivers make sure that patients are kept healthy through moderate exercise, diet, and most importantly, the companionship a caregiver can offer.

Our caregivers range from live-in aides to companions. They are available for various amounts of time, no matter how short or long the period, for various activities and types of assistance. Our care is customizable to your loved one’s needs, and can be adjusted accordingly.

Who can benefit from a caregiver?

Any family that has a loved one going through Alzheimer’s disease can benefit in multiple ways from a caregiver. There are appropriate forms of attention that can be given to your loved one throughout the early, middle and late stages of the disease.

For example, early stages involve the caregiver helping with everyday tasks and being an outlet for an Alzheimer’s patient to express their feelings. Middle stages involve help getting dressed, and calmly assisting a patient with tasks if they grow distressed.

Caregivers can also provide shopping assistance, light housekeeping, accompaniment to doctor’s appointments, bathing, transferring and many other daily care services.

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s is a full time job. It is okay to accept help. If you and your family feel that an extra set of hands paired with a full heart would be well received in your home, then a caregiver can offer you the help and support you’ve been seeking.

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