In-Home Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

In-Home Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease it can be a scary time for your family. The unknowns are frightening and the responsibility of caring for that person can weigh on you heavily. Determining what course of action is best for mom or dad in the days following the diagnosis is a difficult decision that must be made swiftly.

While some families might choose an assisted living facility when they are unable to provide the necessary care for their loved one, others opt to care for them at home.  This is a potentially overwhelming task. Each day brings new challenges as you cope with changing ability levels and new patterns of behavior. Simple tasks that were second nature, such as dressing, bathing and eating become increasingly difficult to manage.

Being a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s brings with it enormous stress and challenges. Having relief on a regular basis is important to a caregiver’s health and well-being.   Trained and qualified personal care or skilled professional care workers through home care staffing services can help plan, coordinate and evaluate dementia care as to allow your loved one to remain independent longer and provide you with greater peace of mind.

It is estimated that 5 million American’s currently live with some form of dementia including Alzheimer’s. The early symptoms of dementia often develop slowly and worsen over time. As the disease progresses, everyday tasks can become more difficult and care needs often increase.

It is understood that in-home care in a familiar environment is best for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Remaining in their own home is far less disorienting, offering them a sense of security and peace of mind.

Healthcare staffing services are the ideal starting point for families who aren’t yet ready to consider placement in a long-term care facility but need extra help with their loved one. Personal caregivers can assist in creating a regular daily routine that will help someone with dementia feel more secure and in control of their life. Because just as familiar surroundings are safe and soothing, the same can be said for daily routines. Maintaining a schedule similar to the one a senior followed pre-dementia can help reduce anxiety and confusion.

A person with Alzheimer’s disease might become agitated when once-simple tasks become difficult. To limit challenges and ease frustration these tips can be helpful.

Schedule: Establish a routine to make each day less agitating and confusing. People with Alzheimer’s disease can still learn and follow routines.

Patience: Expect things to take longer than they used to. Allow the person with Alzheimer’s disease to have frequent breaks.

Freedom: Allow your loved one to do as much as possible with the least amount of assistance, including dressing themselves or helping to prepare a meal.

Choice: Fewer options are better but give the person with Alzheimer’s disease choices every day.

The disease stage and your loved one’s specific care needs will determine what type of Alzheimer’s care you choose. Professional caregivers who have extensive experience caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease can be a valuable addition to your loved one’s care team. Contact Arcadia Home Care & Staffing today to learn more about our senior elder care options.