Our Difference: Supporting the Families

February 25, 2013 abigail Comments

Supporting the Families

Did you know that 60% of people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease feels overwhelmed? 55% said that caring for their loved one has taken a toll on their personal health. Does this sound like you?

Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a full time job. Not only does it take time and planning, it is emotionally and physically demanding. Primary caregivers are often overwhelmed trying to keep up with their own lives while helping with someone else’s. Yet in spite of your grueling schedule and the toll on your health, you can imagine it no other way. Whether it is your parent or your spouse of many years, you take the responsibility of caring for your loved one personally and may question not only if anyone else can provide as good of care, but should anyone else provide this care.

Bernice and SantaeditAutumnGrove understands the responsibility of the task not just physically but emotionally. We want to help you live a healthier life with reduced stress so the time you spend with your love one is of the highest quality. We can provide the care for daily living, such as toileting, bathing, dressing, exercising, cooking and cleaning, so that you can spend your time loving, encouraging, supporting and interacting with them. You will have the time and energy to recognize the moments of joy that come in spite of such a debilitating disease. You will be physically and emotionally present in their moments of clarity when they recognize you the way you are today, or reflect on the way it once was, or simply squeeze your hand and smile indicating a thank you and I love you so clear that words are not needed.

When we have new residents move into one of our cottages we also have their families “moving in” with them. While they do not move their clothes or furniture into the cottages, they do become just as important to us as the residents. We want to help take care of the family caregivers. We encourage visits to the cottage anytime for as long as they would like. We welcome families to come during meals and enjoy home cooked nutritious food. Spouses can even come exercise with us.  As family members visit regularly they develop friendships with other family members and staff. They feel more comfortable about the care that their loved one is receiving and in return start to relax. Once the family member begins to relax they start to feel better physically and mentally. They begin to notice that they are eating healthier and sleeping better. This is what AutumnGrove hopes to happen.Gigi and Rhonda

We want the family members to feel comfortable with their loved one’s care. We want them to go out and continue to live their lives as they did before becoming a caregiver. The family member’s health is just as important as the resident’s because caregivers dedicate so much of their time to their loved one, they forget to take care of themselves. They tend to get sick more often from lack of sleep and poor eating habits. They lose time to do something for themselves, whether that is a vacation or something as simple as getting their hair cut. The staff at AutumnGrove wants to give you that time back.

Our job is to tend to the needs of your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Your job is to love them, visit them often and cherish the sweet moments with them. AutumnGrove is here to make the remaining days with your loved one as memorable as possible. We honor our residents as well as those who love and care for them.


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