1. Should Alzheimer’s Patients be Allowed to Drive?
The first one might slip your mind, but it is rather essential. Should the patient stop driving? This is a problem that will arise sooner or later. But, thankfully there are many signs that the time is right for this decision. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the five primary symptoms are:
- Inability to locate familiar places
- Failing to notice the traffic signs
- Becoming slow on making decisions in traffic
- Not respecting the speed limits
- Getting angry or irritated during the drive
The matter is made even more grave, as these symptoms indicate a higher chance of causing a traffic accident or hitting other cars in a parking lot.
If you notice any of these signs in your loved one, it is time for them to stop driving.
2. Should You Put Your Loved One Suffering From Alzheimer’s in a Care Facility?
The second question is more personal. It is a matter of whether or not your loved one should be put into a long-term care facility. We know that you care for your elderly, and this issue might seem controversial, but a time comes when it needs to be done. Many families don’t want to resort to this; some even don’t consider it.
But, if you step away and look at things rationally and with objectivity, it will become clear that putting your loved one in one of these facilities is the right thing to do. It’s not just that you don’t have enough time to take care of them – it’s that you won’t have the ability nor the education to do so.
3. Should Alzheimer’s Patients be Visited in Retirement Homes?
The third question is the most sensitive one. Is it okay not to visit your senior when he or she no longer recognizes you? Some people think that this is the way to go, as it doesn’t stand to reason to visit someone who doesn’t know who you are. Others are hard on the stance that you need to pay the regular visits regardless of the state of their dementia.
With many things left unknown regarding Alzheimer’s, you don’t know if the patient can recognize you deep inside. So, don’t turn your back on occasional visiting.
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