Your Loved One And Alzheimer’s
Each person with Alzheimer’s or dementia has a unique set of care needs that change over time as the disease progresses. But even as the disease progresses, individuals can experience joy, comfort, and meaning in life. The quality of life depends on the quality of the relationships dementia patients have with their loved ones, their community, and their home care providers.
Dementia has a significant impact on family caregivers. The overwhelming majority of people with dementia live at home with family caregivers who are responsible for their care, safety, and comfort. It is sometimes difficult for the family alone to provide adequate care and to maintain careful supervision to prevent unsafe activities. Providing constant complicated care to a person with dementia takes a toll on family caregivers leaving them overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed.
Assisting Hands of Loudoun can assist in helping maintain the dignity and freedom of an individual with dementia while providing a much needed break for family caregivers. Our staff is specially trained to address the unique needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and have received specialized training on communication strategies and in creating an environment with adequate amounts of stimulation, without overwhelming or confusing a dementia patient.
Alzheimer’s Association Warning Signs
The Alzheimer’s Association has developed 10 warning signs to help identify Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. If you or a loved one are experiencing several of these symptoms you should consult with a physician.
- Memory loss that affects job, recreational, or other skills
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks, for example having trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills
- Problems with language and remembering and using common words
- Disorientation with time and place
- Decreased or poor judgment including reduced attention to grooming or giving large amounts of money to strangers
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships including difficulty reading and judging distances
- Changes in mood or behavior including becoming confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps to find them
- Changes in personality
- Loss of desire or initiative, including trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to perform a hobby activity