Dementia and Families
Welcome to Counseling Services Direct for Marriage and Family Therapy. Education is important for families who have a loved one suffering with dementia. Dementia is both emotionally and physically demanding for the family member diagnosed with the disease as well as the caretakers involved in the process; from the recognition, diagnosis, planning, and treatment components of the disease. Developing a thoughtful and organized plan will help the family member with dementia as well as the those involved in carrying out the necessary steps in providing the most effective level of care for the individual. Dementia is not a unified disease that presents itself in one particular form, instead it can be defined by different types, symptoms, and causes which does not always follow a specific pattern.
The stages of dementia are defined in the literature though it is required for proper care not to create a blanket opinion of the symptoms but rather to account for the uniquness of each individual and ask the provider questions about your loved ones diagnosis as well as treatment options. There are many supportive options for the family and person diagnosed with dementia which include family counseling, support groups, day activity programs, cognitive training, outpatient rehabilitative programs, and in home care skilled nursing and aide services. I would like to encourage you to consider some of the following points to increase your awareness on the importance of this topic.
- Facilitate planning, education, and advocay for the family member diagnosed with dementia. (EX: Involvement with care by researching resources such as associations and various health related programs).
- Never make assumption about symptoms especially when the individual is in a hospital, assisted living, or skilled care facility where psychoactive medications may be involved. (EX: In some cases the effects of the medication may mimick or exacerbate symptoms of dementia instead of providing effective treatment for the illness).
The previous list of points are important to provide you with information to help you to maintain the well being of your family. I hope this information has been helpful and has awakened your awareness of the value they hold in providing a strong foundation for the health of your family.
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Contact us at Counseling Services Direct for Marriage Counseling and Family Therapy and get started today: (O) 516-484-2829 or (C) 914-960-2723.
Stacey Chernin, M.A., LMFT, CFT