It’s estimated that about 34 million Americans are caregivers for an older parent; of that number, 15% live one or more hours away from the person for whom they’re providing oversight. And according to a 2004 MetLife study, nearly one-third of adults providing care at a distance are helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This is part one of a three-part blog post series aimed at providing information and resources for those caring for an aging parent from a distance.
Congratulations — you’ve made it to the final step in our process to overcome refusal of care with someone living with dementia! Our eighth step focuses on one of the fundamentals of best practice dementia care: tapping into activities that bring your client or loved one joy and meaning.
Step #6 showed us how we can creatively take money out of the equation so that it doesn’t become a roadblock to initiating care for someone with dementia. Our next step is all about prioritizing issues that need to be addressed with the person who has dementia and tackling just one problem at a time.