END-OF-LIFE CARE RESOURCES
When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it can be overwhelming and frightening for the entire family. However, there are some important first steps that can help the family cope with this life-changing diagnosis. When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it is important for the family to educate themselves, establish a support system, plan for the future, prioritize self-care and consider end-of-life discussions. By taking these first steps, the family can provide the best possible care and support for their loved one with dementia.
First and foremost, it is essential to learn as much as possible about the disease and its progression. This can include researching online, talking to healthcare professionals, attending support groups, and speaking to a professional about palliative care, terminal illness care and hospice. Understanding the symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia and any other terminal illness can help family members provide the best care and support possible.
Next, it is important to establish a strong support system. This can include family members, friends, healthcare professionals, and community resources. It is important for family members to communicate openly with each other and to delegate responsibilities to ensure that their loved one’s needs are met. These responsibilities include bereavement support, hospice care, monument installations, and researching affordable monuments.
It is also crucial to plan for the future. This may involve making financial and legal arrangements, such as creating a power of attorney, next-of-kin, trusts or establishing a living will. It is also important to consider the possibility of long-term care, such as assisted living or nursing home care, and to explore options for in-home care.