How Palliative Care Benefits Families Affected by Dementia

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Coping with the death of a family member

Allow Yourself to Grieve

One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.

Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.

When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Both Alzheimer’s disease and dementia come with a range of complex needs. However, they are most commonly associated with memory loss that begins to worsen as time goes by. For the person diagnosed, as well as their family, it can be hard. 

On top of that, safety concerns and health needs begin to increase as the disease progresses. If this is the case for you, you may need to consider palliative care for your loved ones. Let’s take a look.

Palliative Care Helps Families Anticipate and Plan

Palliative care specialists make it easy for both the person with dementia, as well as their family to understand what they can expect as the illness progresses. They will also discuss and support the patient and their family while they determine goals of care. It is also important that specialists are trained to manage all of the symptoms that occur.

These symptoms may include appetite changes, sleep disturbances, skin breakdowns, and limited mobility. They will also identify and implement any measures to ensure the patient is safe within their home or care facility.

Palliative Care Supports Caregivers

Palliative care believes that supporting caregiver needs is an essential part of a patient’s life. This is what a great palliative care facility will focus on. If the carer is not in a great place, they are not in the right place to care for their loved one. 

If a caregiver is beginning to suffer with their mental, physical, and emotional health, it will impact the patients’ health as well. Palliative care providers will work closely with family and caregivers of those with dementia. This is done in an effort to reduce the emotional and physical strain as much as possible.

This is highly important, especially in the palliative stage.

If you’re looking to learn more about palliative care and how it can help you and your loved one living with dementia or other illnesses, you’ve come to the right place. Get in touch with Westlake Village Hospice today to get the best care possible for the one you love.

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