Can a Person with Memory Loss Stay Alone?

Use the following questions to help determine how well the person with dementia is functioning on his/her own and to identify safety concerns.

Caring for an aging parent or someone with a physical disability can be tough, which is why we’re here to help. Every day, we empower a generation of caregivers with the freedom, tools and people they need to cope and succeed with their day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. But not every situation is the same.

10 Tips for Caregivers:

  1. Choose to take charge of your life, and don't let your loved one's illness or disability always take center stage.
  2. Remember to be good to yourself. Love, honor and value yourself. You're doing a very hard job and you deserve some quality time, just for you.
  3. Watch out for signs of depression, and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it.
  4. When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.
  5. Educate yourself about your loved one's condition. Information is empowering.
  6. There's a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one's independence.
  7. Trust your instincts. Most of the time they'll lead you in the right direction.
  8. Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
  9. Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen.
  10. Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.

Reprinted from the NFCA's 10 Tips for Family Caregivers with permission of the National Family Caregivers Association, Kensington, Md., the nation's only organization for all family caregivers. 1-800-896-3650 / www.nfcacares.org

For more information on the Generations’ Caregiver Program, call 800.742.9002