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These meetings helped carers to share a better understanding of the effect of Alzheimer’s Disease on the person suffering from the disease and on the families caring for them.
It also gave carers the opportunity to share first hand their own experiences of the problems, financial, physical and emotional, faced by Carers of Alzheimer Sufferers. Realising the importance of being listened to, our initial programme was to provide areas where Carers could talk.
We listened and understood knowing that comfort comes with understanding. Initially for Carers and Alzheimer Sufferers it is imperative that all legal obligations should be attended to. We advised that a Lawyer or Solicitor be engaged to check that wills are in order or to establish an Enduring Power of Attorney.
To help relieve some of the burden as the disease progresses, it is vital to complete proper financial arrangements if possible. Carers Allowance or other benefits may be available, these should be investigated and obtained as the Carer may have from 15-20 years caring for an Alzheimer Patient.
Our trained personnel assist Carers of Alzheimer Patients in their own homes giving them “Time-out” regularly. By contacting our offices a consultation or visit to the home by our personnel can be arranged. Needs of the Primary Carer and Alzheimer Sufferers are assessed and necessary care programme put in motion, as our personnel are available. This service is available throughout the communities of Mayo, Galway and Roscommon giving practical Help to Carers.
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Carers have to look after themselves or they can become physically and emotionally run down. Some carers give up the activities they enjoy, including family and friends and then find themselves socially isolated and lonely. Some carers give up work to care for their loved one and soon find their life’s savings dwindling very quickly. Read the rest of this entry »