Due to the challenges of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, individuals are faced with tough situations and hard conversations. As the disease progresses, the family caregiver takes on increasing responsibilities. At the same time, the person with memory loss would like to maintain independence, and stay involved in care decisions. Discussions about money, health care decisions, legal issues, driving safety, treatments and future financing of care are all common areas of concern in Alzheimer's.
These emotionally charged issues need to be addressed as early as possible and sometimes help is needed from an outside, unbiased person who understands Alzheimer's and the common challenges, and can offer solutions.
Connecting with People
The Connections Care Consultation program provides individualized guidance to families and individuals to address immediate needs and planning for the future, with ongoing support throughout the course of the disease.
Our professionals help families identify and respond to the challenges and changes of Alzheimer's; set individualized goals; help problem solve; and connect individuals to services and resources. They also provide practical advice, consumer information and disease education about how to manage care.
The Connections care consultant meets in person with the person who has memory problems, their family caregiver, partner or support system. We make every effort to understand the history of the person who has Alzheimer's disease and to learn about their background, life story and current needs.
From this initial meeting or meetings, a written plan of care or action is created to guide the family caregiver to practical solutions, and also build a stronger safety net of support. Our goal is to optimize the health and function of the person with memory loss while maintaining the health and well-being of the caregiver and all involved.
When to Call?
- Difficulties in managing care, person with memory loss refuses help
- Disagreements amongst family members about care
- Concerns about money or need to find help
- Family caregiver experiencing health problems, depressed, fatigued or overwhelmed; increased anger, guilt and sadness
- Safety concerns for the person with memory loss or the caregiver
- Need immediate help or want to make a plan for the future
To Access Connections, contact the Chapter at 800.272.3900 or contact our Helpline staff at HelplineWA@alzwa.org. The Connections program is confidential and offered at no cost. Donations accepted.