Dementia is a common condition among senior citizens as an estimated 5 million are affected by various forms throughout the U.S. These conditions are progressive diseases that start slow and will get much worse over time. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia will impair cognitive abilities including memory and make it practically impossible for those affected to live safely without some type of care.
Memory Home Care
Seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia feel more comfortable in familiar environments which is why they should receive care in their homes. Those who remain at home will generally experience less intense mood swings and agitation. It takes specialized care for those with these conditions to live safely at home which is why it is best for families to get help from trained Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Home Care in Brookfield, WI
Assisting Hands Home Care provides complete memory care services to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia live safely at home in Brookfield, WI and surrounding areas in Ozaukee, Washington and North Milwaukee Counties (See the Full List of Services Areas). Our caregivers are trained to respond to the most common symptoms of these conditions, and we will do mentally stimulating exercises with your loved ones that will help slow their memory loss. We will work with you to create a personalized care plan for your loved ones to ensure their comfort and safety in their home.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
The term “dementia” is an umbrella term that describes any degenerative condition in which cognitive ability and memory are negatively affected. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia as it accounts for 60-80 percent of all dementia cases. Because all forms of dementia are degenerative, the symptoms will become worse over time. Short term memory will be affected at first, and eventually those affected will have issues with long term memory and general awareness.
If someone in your family is exhibiting the early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia, you need to make sure they get the proper care. Those affected by these conditions can live a better quality of life if they receive care from the beginning stages. The following are the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia:
- Forgetfulness: Alzheimer’s and dementia affect short term memory at first but lapses in short term memory are also a common sign of aging. If the lapses in memory are consistent, then it is more likely that your loved one is in the early stages of dementia.
- Wandering: Many affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia may wander out of general confusion or because they are looking for something. They are sometimes looking for a person or thing that may or may not exist.
- Agitation: Those affected by these conditions can often sense their limitations which leads to agitation and mood swings.
- Incontinence: In the later stages of dementia, those affected lose control of their bodies which is why incontinence is a common symptom.
Senior Memory Care from Assisting Hands
At Assisting Hands Home Care, our caregivers have been trained to provide the specialized care needed for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. We begin our care by evaluating the care needs and condition of your loved one to determine an appropriate care plan. Our memory care generally consists of memory exercises, help with personal care activities and help around the home to keep it a safe and comfortable environment. The care plan is flexible and can be adjusted to accommodate care needs as the disease progresses.
You can expect the following from our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services:
- Companionship: It is important for those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia to be familiar and comfortable with those around them. Our caregivers will get to know your loved ones and connect with them through conversations about their personal history and fun activities. We also engage them in memory exercises that can help slow memory loss.
- Personal Care: Our caregivers will help those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia with their personal care including bathing, getting dressed, restroom use, and more.
- Wandering: If your loved ones tend to wander, we will ensure they are safe by supervising them as they wander and keeping walkways free of trip hazards.
- Medication Reminders: We will make sure your loved ones don’t forget to take their medication with our medication reminders.
- Meal Preparation: Our caregivers can prepare meals for your loved ones to ensure that they eat regular nutritious meals.
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Call Assisting Hands for a Free In-Home Assessment
If you have a loved one dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia, then you know how difficult it is to provide the care they need. Our caregivers at Assisting Hands Home Care will ensure that your loved ones get the proper care. You can call us at (262) 753-6652 to schedule a free in-home assessment for our memory care services in Brookfield, WI.