We’ve been caring for elderly with Alzheimer’s and Dementia since 1988
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. Or even worse, their diminished judgment causes an emergency. If these things are happening, you are like many others who are caring for loved ones with signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Now is the time your loved one needs the comfort of a familiar place the most. It is very confusing for your loved one if they are suddenly placed in assisted living, a memory unit or a nursing home where there are a lot of new faces and they don’t know where the bathroom is. Nothing could be more familiar than their own home!
Professional Caretakers provides home care services that will allow your loved one to stay safe, age in place, maintain their independence, feel valued and preserve their quality of life! Our services for clients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia include keeping their daily routine consistent, support during confusion and grief, and engagement that promotes good overall health. We’re flexible. You can chose the hours you need. If you eventually need around-the-clock care we will provide a compassionate, caring live in. This can reduce the caretakers to one person that can bond with your loved one and be a familiar face. This will also allow your own personal relationship to grow and provide your family with important peace of mind.
Home Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Professional Caretaker’s home care services for those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia are extensive.
We can support your loved one by:
- Providing consistency and a routine at home.
- Assisting with personal care like bathing and dressing.
- Consoling your loved one during confusion or grief or fear.
- Being patient, 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 note cards, 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 if they forget or remind them they just ate.
- Ensuring great nutrition and hydration.
- Ensuring they take their medications on time.
- Housekeeping to ensure a safe and clean environment.
- Using art and music to engage your loved one.
Professional Care for Your Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Living at home can help home bound seniors and individuals feel more accomplished and relaxed helping reduce their stress and anxiety levels. Our services help at home seniors keep living their life with a little bit of help from our caretaking staff.
We’re bonded, insured, and fully licensed by the State of Texas to serve in Dallas Fort Worth and surrounding counties. All of our caretakers are experienced and undergo comprehensive background checks, drug testing, and psychological testing so we know your getting the best!
Talk to one of our home care professionals and get a free assessment today:
What does Alzheimer’s / Dementia Care Include?
Alzheimer’s care and/or our Dementia care service includes; housekeeping, medication assistance, nutrition planning and monitoring, personal care assistance, and companionship.
Other Related Home Care Services
- Medication Reminders & Assistance
- Consoling and Engaging
- Cooking and Feeding
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. Vascular dementia (bleeding or blockages in the brain) is the second most common cause. 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.
Dementia can be caused by any damage to brain cells including head injuries, stroke, vascular issues, medication side effects, alcohol, Parkinson’s, and even depression. Depression, especially after the loss of a spouse, can be a very significant underlying cause. Short term confusion can be misdiagnosed as dementia. Confusion can be caused by a urinary tract infection, dehydration, low sodium, etc. These conditions should be ruled out first.
How do you know if it is mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? As people get older it is common for them to forget things. 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.
- Recognizing a familiar item such as eye glasses, but not knowing how to use them.
- Forgetting recently learned information.
- Repeating stories or reintroducing themselves constantly.
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks like dressing.
- 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. Some include Aricept, Razadyne, and Exelon.
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.