How Do You Know it’s Time for End-of-life Solutions with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Your senior won’t enter the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease for quite some time, possibly. But if you’re seeing some changes in her behaviors, you might be wondering when it’s time to look at options to help her to ease into the later stages of her life as comfortably as possible.

She’s Not Doing Much of Anything on Her Own Anymore

Your senior may have lost the ability to do many things during her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s possible that she was until recently still doing quite a few things on her own, perhaps with prompting. But if she’s stopped being able to do as much as she used to, even with prompts from you and from others, that could be a sign that she’s entering the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Your Senior Can’t Get Around, Even with Help

Your elderly family member may have gradually been losing mobility, too. This can happen much more quickly than you might expect. She can go from getting around with a little bit of assistance to suddenly having a great deal of trouble getting from one place in her home to another. She may gradually start to have so much difficulty that she doesn’t try to get up, which can cause her to lose muscle tone very quickly.

Your Senior Isn’t Able to Speak Any Longer

Over time your senior’s ability to speak may have changed dramatically, but she may have still be communicating with you to a point. In the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, your elderly family member may not be able to speak at all. She may still be able to recognize what you’re saying to her, but that doesn’t mean she’s able to vocalize herself. Her ability to communicate may be reduced to making sounds to indicate what she’s trying to say.

Your Senior Is Refusing Food and Drink

Once your senior gets to the point where she’s refusing food and drink, that might be the biggest sign that things are changing in big ways for her. It’s important that you know in advance how your elderly family member feels about reaching this stage. If she doesn’t want to be assisted in any way with eating and drinking, you may not be able to do much about this other than making her as comfortable as possible.

End-of-life care providers can help you to understand what’s going on with your senior and how you can help her in the best possible ways. They can also be a huge help in understanding what her doctors are recommending and whether there’s anything else that can realistically be done for her.

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING END-OF-LIFE CARE IN FOLSOM, CA, FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT PIC COMFORT CARE TODAY. CALL (530) 885-9948.

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