Alzheimer’s is a difficult disease to deal with for both families and their afflicted loved one. While life can still be enjoyable with dementia, it is certainly more difficult to achieve a stable quality of life. This hardship can be passed on to family members attempting to handle care all by themselves instead of utilizing assisted living homes or memory care centers. Unfortunately, many caregivers don’t receive the support they need, and so dementia ends up destroying two lives.
Being an unpaid caregiver for a family member with dementia can be exhausting, yet it still happens with surprising regularity. In fact, unpaid caregivers provide roughly 18.2 billion hours of care, which equates to a value of $230 million dollars, according to 2016 statistics.
While spending time supporting and caring for aging loved ones is valuable, assisted living homes and skilled professionals can ensure your family member receives the support and medical attention they deserve.
So, why do family members volunteer their time, and why shouldn’t they?