Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect many seniors as more than 5 million are dealing with these conditions in the U.S. These diseases are degenerative diseases, meaning the symptoms are initially mild but become more severe over time. Seniors affected by all forms of dementia will need daily care and assistance as their cognitive abilities continue to decline.
For Alzheimer’s and dementia care services in Dallas, TX, call Assisting Hands Home Care at (214) 865-7870.
In-Home Memory Care Services
Seniors who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia need consistent care, and it is best for them to receive care in the familiar environment of their home. Their home is a familiar and comfortable environment to them and remaining there will help stabilize their mood and reduce confusion. Providing care for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia is difficult because they require near-constant and intensive in-home care. Families with loved ones who suffer from these conditions could benefit from the help of a home care agency.
At Assisting Hands Home Care, we provide in-home memory care services for seniors struggling with these conditions in Dallas and the surrounding areas. Our caregivers are highly trained to provide effective Alzheimer’s care services in the home to help manage symptoms and slow the effects of memory loss with our memory exercises. We can counteract many of the common symptoms of dementia and help those affected stay safe in their homes.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
The terms “Alzheimer’s disease” and “dementia” are used interchangeably, but it is important to understand the distinction. Dementia is more of an umbrella term that describes several conditions that result in a decline in cognitive abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is one specific form of dementia that affects 60 to 80 percent of seniors said to be suffering from dementia. Regardless of the form of dementia, all those affected will experience a gradual decline in cognitive ability. These symptoms start out mild, usually with occasional lapses in short term memory, but those affected will become less aware of their surroundings and the people around them.
It is important to catch the symptoms early so you can ensure that your loved ones get the proper treatment. Seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia will experience a better quality of life if they receive a helping hand from the very beginning of their symptoms. The following are the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia:
- Forgetfulness: Loss of memory is the symptom most commonly associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia and it begins as simple lapses in short term memory. It may be difficult to tell if these memory lapses are just a natural part of aging, or if they are a sign of dementia. If your loved experiences consistent lapses in memory, this may be a sign of dementia.
- Wandering: Those with Alzheimer’s and dementia commonly wander due to confusion. They may be trying to figure out where they are or looking for a person or thing.
- Agitation: Many who suffer from these conditions can feel their increasing limitations which can make them frustrated. This frustration often manifests as outbursts of agitation.
- Incontinence: In the later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, those affected will lose control of their bodies, leading to issues with incontinence.
Our trained dementia caregivers have experience responding to the common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia and we will counteract these symptoms to help keep them safe and comfortable. We will intercept those who begin to wander to ensure their safety and we use positive reinforcement to help temper agitation and mood swings.
Dementia Home Care
We begin our dementia home care services by meeting with you and your loved ones to assess their condition and their care needs. We will then create a personalized care plan based on our assessment to provide the assistance they need to live safely and comfortably.
We can cover the following with our Alzheimer’s and dementia home care services:
- Companionship: Having a trusted companion can be very beneficial for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our caregivers will engage your loved ones in friendly conversations about their personal history as well as fun activities. Our memory care exercises can slow the progression of memory loss.
- Personal Care for Seniors: Providing self-care is difficult for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. We can help your loved ones with their activities of daily living (ADLs) including bathing, dressing, restroom use, and more.
- Wandering: Our caregiver will keep an eye on those who wander and ensure that they stay safe as they wander. We will accompany them to remove trip hazards from their path and ensure that they do not leave the home.
- Meal Preparation: It is best for those suffering from these conditions to give up cooking as they may leave the stove or oven on. Our caregivers will take care of the meal preparation to ensure that your loved ones get regular meals that follow their dietary restrictions.
- Medication Reminders: Our caregivers will ensure that your loved ones take the proper medication at the right time.
Call Assisting Hands for a Free In-Home Assessment
Families caring for a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can benefit greatly from our memory care services. We will start with a free in-home assessment to form an effective care plan that accounts for your loved one’s care needs and condition. Give us a call at (214) 865-7870 for more information about our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services in Dallas, Richardson, TX and the surrounding areas.
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