New Pond Village from a caregiver’s perspective

 

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There is no official caregiver’s handbook for how to support a loved one or friend when you become a caregiver. And no two days are ever exactly alike. That is why the range of emotions a caregiver goes through can be likened to a roller coaster.

Tasha Thomas, resident care director at New Pond Village, stresses the importance of working with family members and caregivers in her role, saying it makes a huge difference for both. A positive outcome can be achieved when caregivers are educated well and know how to react in specific situations. Ongoing training and support is offered at New Pond Village.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 15 million family members and friends provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care in 2015 to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s is more than memory loss - it affects many generations.

From the initial diagnosis of a loved one to the long goodbye, it is never easy. Some are creative in the way they deal with frustrations, sadness and complications for caring for someone who may no longer be safe living on his/her own.

There are caregiver support groups that allow people to share stories, experiences and what works and what does not. This is one outlet that many caregivers find beneficial. It is an adjustment for the caregiver just as much as it is for the family member.

Educating family members and caregivers is key. Carolyn Roycroft, Harbor Memory Care director at New Pond Village, says connecting with the individual as well as the caregiver is important. The relationship between the caregiver and the loved one evolves over time. It is ongoing.

Developing a routine and having activities that caregivers can regularly attend at New Pond Village helps. Carolyn works with families and caregivers to help them accommodate and says it is rewarding to see the positive outcomes. Keeping the person-centered theme at the forefront also helps, she says.

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