Dementia is the name given to a group of symptoms that affect a person’s ability to function.
While most families worry about their aging loved ones to a certain degree, few diagnoses raise worry and alarm like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Caregiving for these individuals goes beyond simply checking in or dropping off groceries. They require more support, different approaches, and a depth of experience not found in most families.
Dementia is the name given to a group of symptoms that affect a person’s ability to function. It can cause confusion, memory loss, irritability or other changes in personality, and creates risk to the safety of those living with it. Dementia is a progressive decline in capability, and while there is no cure, early diagnosis can help families make positive changes that can adapt as needs change. Alzheimer’s disease is a common cause of dementia, though other conditions can cause these symptoms as well. There are also instances where treatable conditions can cause symptoms of dementia, so consulting with your family doctor for a full assessment is extremely important.
The good news is seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia can continue to live safely at home far longer than most people believe. With the right care and support, they can remain in a familiar place with the comforts of home and routine to reduce anxiety and unnecessary stress. It can help them maintain dignity and create a more peaceful care situation.
Example Care Plan
Dementia Care: A specifically trained and certified caregiver visits our client’s home five times a week Monday through Friday for four to six hours a day to assist with activities of daily living including toileting, dressing and bathing. The caregiver provides light housekeeping, ensures the home is safe from any hazards, and prepares meals. She assists with medication reminders and organizes the pill box. She provides guided physical and cognitive exercises daily to help stave off the progression of the disease. Family members are updated regularly through the Family Room portal.
Our In-home care consultations are always free of charge and do not commit you to our services.
Choosing the best caregiver for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia
Those offering care to individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia should absolutely have experience in this area. The ideal caregiver is accustomed to the challenges they will face caring for your aging loved one and will be able to do so with confidence, patience, and techniques learned from years of experience. This helps ensure your loved one’s needs are being met, and quality care can be provided at all times with a minimum of frustration.
While staying in the home can offer many benefits, this is typically not a role easily filled by a family caregiver simply because most are ill-equipped to manage the demands of the situation. Families and a feeling of familiar community can be very important, but routine care is usually better left to an experienced caregiver.
Our caregivers are experienced and formally educated in Dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Additionally, we offer our caregivers regular examination based courses to help keep them current and up to date on techniques and treatments related to this disease. With Senior Homecare by Angels providing dementia care, you can be confident your loved one will be matched with a skilled caregiver.
How to keep seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia safe at home
One of the biggest concerns after a diagnosis is how to keep a senior with Alzheimer’s or dementia safe at home. What are the biggest risks? How can a family tell when it’s safe and appropriate to do so? It’s always a good idea to consult with your family doctor or healthcare practitioner to create a plan for care together. We’re happy to meet with you to discuss options and ensure a safe, comprehensive plan is customized to meet your needs, and if needed, consult with your doctor as well.
We also offer a free in-home safety assessment, which is a comprehensive safety review of the home with a single objective, to prevent costly injuries. The review covers inside and outside of the home, and we check every room in detail and provide a complete and thorough report with recommendations to you via email.
This can be used to help create a safer environment and an appropriate plan for support for your aging loved one. Learn more about keeping loved ones with dementia safe at home
Unsure if your senior loved one may soon be facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia? Learn more about warning signs of dementia.
For more information on when to know if the time is right to explore in-home care, take our senior care assessment.