Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
Do you have an aging loved one who cannot recall the day of the week? Or perhaps something they once loved to do, like play piano, now seems cryptic to them. Perhaps they’ve stopped recognizing you and can’t remember your name. If these things are happening, you may be like many others who are caring for loved ones with signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, Professional Caretakers provides in-home care services that will allow them to stay safe and comfortable in their own environment. Our services for clients with Alzheimer’s and dementia include keeping their daily routine consistent, support during confusion and grief, and creating a calm environment.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is characterized by a decline of intellectual functioning, most notably memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects over five million people in the United States. Dementia and Alzheimer’s can also affect social abilities and typically can interfere with one’s daily life. Dementia and Alzheimer’s also can cause changes in a person’s mood, personality and behavior.
How do you know if it is mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? As people get older it’s common for them to forget things. But at what point is misplacing your car keys considered old age or something worse? Below is a list of common symptoms present in Alzheimer’s disease versus typical aging.
- Forgetting recently learned information.
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks.
- Problems with language.
- Poor or decreased judgment.
- Changes in mood, behavior or personality.
There are profound physical and psychological disabilities associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and patients require careful monitoring and attention. Specific methods of care can support patients in managing the symptoms they are experiencing. For example, maintaining a daily schedule and routine can reduce the fear and confusion that some patients experience. Having a caregiver that can help with errands or housework will relieve the stress and confusion a person living with dementia may experience, because they could forget where they were going or how to accomplish daily tasks. Read more about Alzheimer’s at alz.org.
Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia, but there are medical and non-medical treatments available to help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Professional Caretakers focuses on non-medical in-home care treatments for your loved one, while also being able to oversee medication doses, if needed.
Non-medical treatments for Alzheimer’s and dementia include monitoring comfort, creating a calm environment, and supporting a structured daily routine.
Medical treatments for Alzheimer’s and dementia include the use of medications that calm and improve mood.
In-Home Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Our in-home care services for Alzheimer’s and dementia are extensive. We can support your loved one by:
- Providing consistency and a routine at home.
- Consoling your loved one during confusion or grief or fear.
- Talking softly and smiling.
- Preventing and managing difficult or aggressive behavior.
- Redirecting the client when behavior isn’t appropriate or uncooperative.
- Helping your loved one feel in control without providing choices that can be confusing.
- Allowing and encouraging your loved one to do as much as he or she can.
- Providing notecards, directions and verbal cues to support your loved one’s memory.
- Preparing your loved one’s favorite foods and encouraging him or her to eat.
- Using art and music to engage your loved one.
While there’s no cure, treatments for dementia may improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are both good and bad days, and it’s those bad days when extra support and a watchful eye are important for your loved one. Those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia— as well as those who care for them — need support from friends and family to cope.
Call 877-921-9500 or complete the form on the right to get in touch and see how we can help provide the best care for your loved one.