After a diagnosis of early onset dementia, figuring out what to do next may seem overwhelming. The first and most important thing to understand about coping with early onset dementia is that you aren’t alone.
About one in 20 people in the United States with a memory disorder or some form of dementia is under the age of 65. Some adults even experience symptoms of early onset dementia in their 30s and 40s.
The extraordinary challenges that come with living with dementia are multiplied when a relatively young person is involved. While the family and loved ones of the person diagnosed with early onset dementia want to do everything they can to help, they may not know where to start.
How to know when it’s time to consider in-home care for early onset dementia
Even if family caregivers are managing well with the day-to-day challenges of caring for someone with early onset dementia, in-home care is an important option that can prevent unnecessary stress and provide a higher quality of life for everyone involved.
When evaluating individual circumstances to decide whether it’s time to explore the options related to in-home care for early onset dementia, pay special attention to these circumstances:
- The physical health of the caregiver is declining or is at risk
- There’s a great deal of emotional and mental stress involved with leaving the person with early onset dementia home alone, even for short periods of time
- The main source of income is at risk because of the demands that day-to-day caregiving places on the wage earner
- The caregiver feels overwhelmed and is struggling to function
How in-home care can help ease the pain of early onset dementia for a family
People suffering with early unset dementia experience ups and downs related to their condition. In-home care with compassionate and specially trained caregivers can greatly alleviate the stress felt in the home.
Even a part-time caregiving schedule that allows the primary caregiver to recuperate, rest, and pursue other activities can increase the quality of life and make time spent together much more valuable.
Specially trained in caring for people with early onset dementia, the staff at Sevens Home Care understands that asking for help is never easy. Whether the need is for just a few hours or for live-in care, making the transition easy and facilitating a higher quality of life is our ultimate goal.
Questions about in-home care?
Whether you need help understanding payment options or would like to explore how our customized care plans can help with the day-to-day challenges of caring for someone with early onset dementia, we are here to help.
Sevens Home Care has three Certified Dementia Care Practitioners on staff to design a program that gives one-on-one attention and care in your loved one’s home. Our experienced case managers are dedicated to helping you understand everything from scheduling to payment options.