For people with memory-related diseases, home is often the best option, as they find comfort in the structure of a familiar environment. Assisting Hands Alzheimer’s and dementia care services provide you with peace of mind in knowing that your loved one is safe and cared for at home. Our caregivers are professionally trained in providing appropriate and positive reinforcement techniques in a loving and dignifying manner.
People with dementia may walk aimlessly, putting their personal safely at risk. They may be bored, searching for items, or trying to fulfill a need such as hunger or thirst. Our caregivers spend time engaging our patients with memory-related activities, such as walks around the block, problem-solving games, and conversation to stimulate their minds and prevent boredom. Having a caregiver in your home who is trained to provide memory care can ensure your loved one’s needs are met, and that they are safe.
As one enters the later stages of the disease, loss of bladder or bowel control is common. People living with Alzheimer’s may not remember how to find the bathroom, or may be unable to make it in time. Our caregivers are specially trained to handle these situations before they arise and make sure your loved one doesn’t feel uncomfortable or embarrassed when accidents occur. Preserving the dignity of our clients is of utmost importance to us with our Alzheimer’s care services. Many families choose to have caregivers in the home to handle incontinence issues, while the family caregiver provides emotional support. These kinds of group caregiving experiences can be beneficial for both the patients and caregivers. Scheduling a routine and limiting fluids intake before bedtime are some of the ways caregivers assist patients in their homes.
Agitation is common among those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, particularly when they feel threatened or like they are losing control. Our dementia caregivers are trained to remain patient and follow recommended techniques to avoid agitation:
Protecting our clients through monitoring their home environment.
Caregivers are trained to create an in-home environment that is free of noise, clutter, and crowds of people. Caregivers encourage clients to do as much self-care as they are able to on their own, minimizing the sense of loss of control. They also take care of practical concerns, such as removing dangerous objects from reach should an event occur. The safety and comfort of your loved one is our greatest concern.
People with dementia can literally forget to eat their meals, or begin to prepare a meal but stop midway through, leaving the stove on or water running. Our caregivers can provide in-home dementia care to make sure your loved one is eating well and staying safe in their own home.
People with dementia can forget good hygiene habits. Depending on your loved one’s condition, our caregivers can assist with regular showers or bed baths. These services are essential to family caregivers who may not be trained in providing these specific types of care.
Caring for the Caregiver
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is a difficult job. Please see information about our respite care services and how our trained caregivers can help put your mind at ease when you’re away from home.