I could never have planned on my mother being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease during my first year of college. Even after her diagnosis, I never planned on becoming an active caregiver at 22, or developing a passion for innovative caregiving methods. That's how it goes: many aspects of planning and dementia simply don't go hand-in-hand. Despite this, we must do our best plan for both the long- and short-term. Right?
How much can you really plan for?
Beyond financial planning and care arrangements, there is no simple answer. Personally, I have accepted that my everyday reality is uncertain as I’m tasked with redesigning my mother's approach to the systematic oddities of daily life that now challenge her in unprecedented ways. I believe that caregiving is about now.
I have learned to accept that I can’t control the what, when or how of each eventual challenge. However, this philosophy is problematic when it comes to potentially dangerous situations. I don’t know when my mother’s going to become incontinent, but I can plan on it. What if that incontinence leads to something less overt, like a UTI? For most of us, this ambiguity of time—of waiting for the next shoe to drop—is most troubling.
The best planning is knowing your options for when the unplanned occurs.
It helps me to know that there are tools that can help, tools available for all these unexpected moments. For example, in the case of a UTIs, sleek options exist that can act preventatively, helping you detect an infection before symptoms worsen. Pixie Smart Pads monitor for the symptoms of UTIs, allowing you to intervene prior to full development.
This is just one of the many easy-to-use, helpful tools designed to assist with caregiving. When a new problem arises, it's likely a solution exists.
How do you know what you need?
That’s where we come in: Alz You Need makes it easy to discover dementia assistive technology. Tell us what you need help with by identifying your day-to-day challenges, and we’ll match you with technology to assist with them. Technology enhances caregiving, empowering both you and your loved one to live the highest quality of life, even when the unplanned occurs.
We offer tools for every step of the way. Let us plan for what you didn’t: try it now.