Assisted Living and Home Care for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patients
Many Caregivers have specific experience and/or training working with clients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Below is how homecare helps support clients with these diagnoses.
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Early-Stage Needs
When a person is diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementias, professional Caregivers provide emotional and care support, such as assistance with remembering to take medications and keeping appointments. Caregivers also provide encouragement to take part in activities that have shown to be beneficial in slowing the progression of disease symptoms. These activities may include engaging in social events and playing games that exercise certain brain functions. Having a Caregiver support your loved one allows the family respite and time to plan for future needs.
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Middle-Stage Needs
When a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias begins to have increased memory trouble and acts in ways that are uncharacteristic, it may indicate that the disease has progressed to middle stages1. Individuals with middle-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementias may experience good days and bad days. Caregivers stay alert for behavioral triggers that are present on bad days and strive to make the best of good days. By establishing a regular routine for daily tasks, they help to comfort those with middle-stage disease and maximize the quality of life during the good days and minimize the impact of the more challenging days.
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Late-Stage Needs
Individuals with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias typically require 24-hour care1. Caregivers are available to assist with most daily tasks, including eating, grooming, and household chores. Throughout the late stages of these memory affecting diseases, Caregivers are focused primarily on providing comfort. Communication skills may deteriorate, but the senses usually remain intact. Late-stage sufferers may benefit from having Caregivers play favorite music, cook favorite foods, give hand massages, and other actions that will provide sensory stimulation.
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1Alzheimer’s Stages, Alzheimer’s Association