Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers
Our caregivers have been specially trained to care for those suffering from these conditions and ensure that they get the personal care and assistance they need. We can help temper mood swings and agitation with positive reinforcement and engage them in memory care exercises to help slow memory loss.
Alzheimer’s Disease vs. Dementia
Dementia affects approximately 5.5 million Americans over the age of 65 and 70 percent of all cases of dementia involve Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are not the same as dementia is the term used to describe a series of symptoms related to memory loss and declining cognitive abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific condition that is considered a type of dementia, and this disease is among the leading causes of death in the United States.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are degenerative conditions that cause a decline in memory and cognitive abilities, and these symptoms get worse over time. Affected individuals may start out forgetting simple things like where they left their coat or a conversation they had earlier, but they will soon forget people they have known for years. Those in the later stages will also lose the ability to care for themselves and will require constant care throughout the day. It is best for those suffering from these conditions to receive care in their homes because the familiar environment helps keep them at ease.
Recognizing the Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
It is common for senior citizens to experience some level of memory loss, but this isn’t always a sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia. These conditions generally involve more than just simple lapses of memory in the early stages. It is important for families to look for early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia among their elderly loved ones, especially if these conditions are prevalent within the family. Recognizing the symptoms early can help you form a more effective care plan to manage their symptoms as the disease progresses.
Make sure you look for the following symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia:
- Forgetfulness: Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia typically affect short term memory first. While many seniors may experience general forgetfulness from time to time, repeated forgetfulness can be an early sign of these conditions. Those affected may start out routinely forgetting where they put things and eventually they will not remember friends and family members.
- Wandering: Alzheimer’s and dementia cause general confusion which can cause those affected to wander aimlessly. If you find your loved ones wandering often to look for a person or thing that may not exist, there is a good chance they are in the early stages of these conditions.
- Agitation: Those affected by these conditions can sense their limitations which leads to agitation and mood swings.
- Incontinence: Incontinence is very common in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia as those affected lose control of their bodies.
Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients
Caring for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia is difficult for families to handle on their own. At Assisting Hands, our caregivers are trained and experienced to provide care for those in any stage of Alzheimer’s or dementia. We can help keep your loved ones safe if they wander throughout the home and we respond to mood swings and agitation with positive reinforcement in a loving and dignified manner. We can also engage your loved ones in various mentally stimulating exercises to help slow the effects of memory loss.
Our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services generally include the following:
- Companion Care: Those suffering from these conditions can benefit greatly from good social companionship. Our caregivers will develop a personal connection with your loved ones through conversations and engaging in their favorite hobbies and activities. Engaging in these activities will help improve their mood and stimulate their minds to slow memory loss.
- Personal Care: We can help Alzheimer’s and dementia patients who cannot take care of themselves by assisting them with bathing, dressing, restroom usage, and incontinence care.
- Wandering: Wandering can be dangerous for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia because they are often unaware of their surroundings. Our caregivers will ensure that your loved ones stay within the home if they wander and we will make sure the home is free of obstacles to prevent falls.
- Medication Reminders: Our caregivers will ensure that your loved ones always take their medication at the proper time.
- Meal Preparation: Meal preparation is difficult and dangerous for those in any stage of these diseases. Our caregivers will prepare regular meals each day while taking their dietary restrictions into account.
In-Home Memory Care Services in Plainfield, IL and throughout Will and Kendall Counties
Our memory care services start with a visit from a member of our staff in the home of your loved one. We will work with you to understand the care needs of your loved one and form a care plan that will ensure they can live safely at home. We will always stay in communication to keep you updated on your loved ones and adjust the care plan as necessary.
If you have loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia in the Plainfield, IL or Will and Kendall Counties area, contact Assisting Hands Home Care for our memory care services. We are experienced in providing home care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and we will ensure your loved ones get loving, compassionate care.
Free In-Home Assessment
You can reach us at (815) 201-5445 to learn more about how we can help those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Contact us today for a complimentary in-home assessment.