Tipping Points: When Occasional Help Becomes Full-Time Caregiving

The path to full-time caregiving is often gradual. It starts with occasional help and slowly becomes a full schedule of both day-to-day tasks and complex medical management. Often, a specific addition to the care plan or a significant event can make the situation unmanageable for a family caregiver. At this point, it may become necessary to hire a full-time caregiver.

Sometimes, physical challenges require more, possibly full-time, care. For example, a decline in mobility or the development of incontinence are often impossible for a family caregiver to manage fully.

Safety issues may also require more intensive care for a loved one. Older patients, especially those with perceptual or cognitive issues, are at a high risk of falls, which must be rigorously prevented. Wandering is a common problem among Alzheimer’s patients, who require careful monitoring.

Behavioral changes can be among the most disheartening changes. An Alzheimer’s patient may become aggressive and paranoid, or a stroke patient may become unable to communicate with others. Depending on the severity of the behavioral problem, it may be necessary to bring in professional help.

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