Many family members will place their lives on hold to provide care for a loved one with Dementia and or Alzheimer’s. It is a selfless endeavor that can lead to an uncharted journey without a timeline that is eventually physically and emotionally draining. The years go by and the roller coaster of caregiving frequently leads to fatigue, depression and illness. The Alzheimer’s Associate predicts that 1 in 9 people over the age of 65 now have Alzheimer’s Disease. This chronic debilitating disease is becoming more prevalent and does not spare the rest of the family once the diagnosis is given. The sad truth is that we can’t cure this mind stealing disease, but at Assisting Hands® Home Care we are on a mission to improve the quality of life of those with Dementia and to keep improving ways to provide personalized and compassionate care for each family we encounter.
At Assisting Hands® Home Care, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our orientation and training curriculum to promote, “The Assisting Hands Way®” of caring for our clients with Dementia. We have a designated experienced nurse as a “Dementia Specialist” whose responsibility it is to research and follow leading experts and utilize these materials to be sure our caregivers have the best techniques for redirecting and avoiding agitation, while encouraging moments of joy.
At Assisting Hands®, we understand what a family member is experiencing when they describe their parent’s lack of short term memory or ask about Sun Downing and the repetitive questioning. Providing support and resources to our families, in addition to experienced caregivers, can make all the difference in the world.
At Assisting Hands®, our goal is to meet the family where they are in their journey and allow the client to continue to stay as active and engaging as they are able. Examples of the care we have provided include: assisting a gentleman to play golf to maintain his activity while doing something he loved, accompanying family members to weddings, providing respite care and support for the essential activities of daily living including personal and 24/7 care. Our goal is to keep our clients safe and their families free from worry.
Your family member will be assessed by a nurse who has professional experience assisting families with the struggle of Dementia. The personalized care plan may include but not limited to:
- Field trips and outdoor activities
- Memory games and engaging activities
- Calming support during periods of agitation
- Personal Hygiene
- Oral Care
Our Mission statement says, “Assisting Hands® is committed to improving the quality of life for our clients, families, caregivers and community without boundaries, led in faith by a Higher Power”. We take this Mission very seriously and will apply this care to your family as well.
Dementia Specialist Spotlight
Teresa Youngstrom RN,
Dementia Specialist, Assisting Hands® Home Care Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Teresa is a Dementia Specialists for Assisting Hands Home Care of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky with over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse and multiple years working with clients with Dementia. Her previous experience also includes leading a Memory Care Unit as the Director of Nursing. In the role as a Dementia Specialist, she leads the development of best practices and our approach to Dementia Care. Teresa routinely speaks to community groups about Dementia care. She has further been touched with Dementia personally and routinely cares for her mom who is struggling with this disease. This personal experience has heightened her mission to help caregivers support their family members and maintain a high quality of life.
Below are two useful links that may help you and your loved one:
Alzheimer’s Association of Cincinnati: http://www.alz.org/cincinnati/
Teepa Snow: Positive Approach: http://teepasnow.com/