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First steps to take when you’re diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

What to do when you are given the news that you have Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's awareness month

First steps to take when you’re diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

When you or your loved one has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no easy way to take this news. There are difficult days ahead, but you are not powerless in the face of what is to come – nor are you alone.

In this post, we list some of the best first steps that you can take in this uncertain time to bring about comfort and control that may benefit you in the present as well as in the future.

Dealing with your emotions

There is a wide range of emotions and feelings that can arise in people with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones, following a diagnosis. For those who have been diagnosed, there can be a feeling of denial, sadness and helplessness. For friends and family members, there can be an anticipatory feeling of grief or even loss. These feelings can shift and change over time.

This is completely understandable and you do not need to dismiss these emotions or repress these worries. Taking the time to process these emotions is important. By doing so, you may come to better realise and understand the diagnosis, and it may allow you to better deal with and prepare for your situation going forward.

Making plans

For both the person with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones, the future may seem unclear. The questions about future care and where to get help are real and require swift planning. Making plans and thinking ahead can give the power of control back to you, your family and your friends in this challenging time and this is where Eldermera can help.

Eldermera provides patients with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones with care plans, as well as legal and financial solutions including:

  • Long-term care provision,
  • Funding eligibility,
  • Legal provisions,
  • Financial planning.

Some examples of the work we provide for patients with Alzheimer’s:

  • Liaising with health services – our care advocates will represent you to coordinate with the NHS and social services to secure and maintain funded care.
  • Putting legal instruments in place – we organise Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and documentations to make sure that someone you know and trust will be making decisions for you.
  • Financial planning – we analyse your present and future financial situations and give you the options to get the most sustainable care.
  • Organising living arrangements – our team can help you to assess care homes, assisted living facilities or ‘at home’ care services to ensure they meet your specific needs.

By dealing with these issues now, you are giving yourself more time to focus on doing the things you like to do and being with the people that you love.

Medical Breakthroughs

September 2018 marks the 7th annual World Alzheimer’s Month – a month to raise awareness and dispel the stigmas that surround Alzheimer’s disease.

The fight against Alzheimer’s disease has progressed over the past couple of decades due to increased medical research, better medications to help control symptoms and because of awareness brought about by campaigns such as World Alzheimer’s Month.

As this awareness and research improves, so does the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. You can always enquire with medical staff about putting yourself forward for clinical trials and studies that can help you and others living with (and who will live with) Alzheimer’s.

Call Eldermera to for care, financial and legal arrangements

Across the UK, the care advocates and legal experts at Eldermera have been helping patients with Alzheimer’s and their family members for years. Schedule a free consultation with us today and let us help with your long-term care plan.

Use our online form to schedule, or call to talk to one of our expert care advocates.

Nationwide tel: 0330 022 5778
Tel: 0207 030 4923