Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other forms of memory loss affect more than 5 million seniors in the U.S. The symptoms of these diseases are initially mild and become more serious as time goes on. Seniors affected by dementia and other forms of memory loss need trained helping hands as their cognitive abilities begin to decline.
Dementia Care in Fort Worth
Seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia require consistent care and most prefer to receive that care in the familiarity of their own home. Remaining in a comfortable and stable environment will help reduce confusion and stabilize their mood. It is difficult to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia because they need intensive and constant care. Families with loved ones who have these memory loss conditions could greatly benefit from the help of a home care agency.
Assisting Hand Home Care provides Alzheimer’s and dementia care services for seniors with these conditions in the Fort Worth, TX, area. Our trained caregivers offer effective memory care services to slow memory loss effects and help manage symptoms. We use memory exercises to counteract many common symptoms of dementia and help people affected remain in their homes.
Symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s
The terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease” are often used interchangeably, but there is an important distinction between the two. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia that affects 60%–80% of seniors and dementia is an umbrella term that describes different memory loss conditions that result in a decline of cognitive abilities. The initial, mild symptoms are usually occasional lapses in memory but will worsen over time and cause the affected people to become unaware of the people and places around them.
It is imperative that you catch these symptoms early so your loved one can receive the proper treatment right away. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will have a better quality of life if they receive care as soon as their symptoms begin. The most common symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s include:
- Forgetfulness: Memory loss is most commonly associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s and it starts as seemingly harmless lapses in short term memory. This symptom can be difficult to spot because it often seems like a natural part of aging. If your loved one’s memory lapses are consistent, it may be a symptom of dementia.
- Wandering: Seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia often wander because they are confused about who or where they are or are looking for something familiar.
- Agitation: Many people who suffer from memory loss conditions can become frustrated over their increasing limitations and result in agitated outbursts.
- Incontinence: Those affected with dementia and Alzheimer’s may lose control of their bodies in the later stages, resulting in incontinence issues like loss of control of their bladders.
Our caregivers are experienced in handling the common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia and we will keep those suffering from them comfortable and safe. We respond to mood swings and agitation with positive reinforcement and will ensure the safety of individuals who start to wander.
Memory Care from Assisting Hands
Our memory care services begin by meeting your loved one and performing an assessment of their care needs and condition. We will create and implement a personalized care plan based on our assessment of your loved one to help them live comfortably and safely in their homes.
We offer the following Alzheimer’s and dementia care services:
- Personal Senior Care: It is difficult for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia to perform self-care, so we assist your loved one with activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, bathroom use, and more.
- Companion Care: Our caregivers will provide companionship to your loved one by participating in fun activities and engage them in friendly conversations about their background and personal history. We provide memory care exercises that slow memory loss progression.
- Wandering: Our caregivers will watch those who tend to wander and ensure they are safe. We will accompany them as they wander to remove hazards and ensure they do not leave the house.
- Medication Reminders: We will ensure that your loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia takes the proper medication.
- Meal Preparation: Our caregivers will prepare regular meals that follow your loved one’s dietary restrictions because it is best they give up cooking on their own. They may leave the oven or stove on and could endanger themselves.
Contact Assisting Hands for a Free Assessment
Families taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or another form of memory loss can greatly benefit from our memory care services. We will provide a free in-home assessment in order to create a care plan that accounts for your loved one’s condition and care needs. Call us at (817) 803-6648 for additional information about Assisting Hands Home Care’s dementia and Alzheimer’s care services in Fort Worth, Benbrook, and Aledo, TX.