Elderly individuals who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia benefit from receiving care within their own homes, because they are both comfortable and familiar with the environment. At Assisting Hands, we employ well-trained, experienced caregivers who will provide your loved ones with exceptional memory care services. Our caregivers engage seniors in memory care exercises designed to reduce memory loss effects and we use positive reinforcement in response to agitation and mood swings.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care in Elmhurst, IL, and the Neighboring Areas of DuPage County
As a general term, dementia describes symptoms concerning a decline in memory loss and cognitive ability. Per the Alzheimer’s Association, there are over 5.5 million people over 65 years old in the United States who suffer from a form of dementia. Of those individuals, 70 percent of them specifically suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, which is not only the most common form of dementia but also one of the top causes of death for elderly individuals in the United States.
No matter the type, dementia is a degenerative condition that, over time, causes impairments to cognitive abilities and memory. People in the early stages of the disease might experience mere lapses in memory. You should stay alert and look for early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in your elderly relatives, particularly if there’s a history in your family. If diagnosed early, you can make sure seniors affected by the disease receive proper care that helps manage their symptoms.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia include the following symptoms:
- Agitation: When an individual is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, they may become agitated and experience mood swings due to their awareness of their cognitive limitations.
- Forgetfulness: The first issues Alzheimer’s and dementia patients experience concern short-term memory loss. Frequent memory lapses can signify Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. To begin, the forgetfulness may concern seemingly insignificant things, but eventually, they’ll forget the people who are closest to them.
- Incontinence: During the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, those affected may lose bodily control, leading to problems with incontinence and other matters.
- Wandering: Because of the confusion they experience, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients often wander around, looking for particular people or things.
Memory Care for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
Because those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia require constant, specialized care, families may have a tough time providing such care. The caregivers at Assisting Hands have been trained to provide proper memory care services, to guide elderly individuals in the home, and to make sure they’re safe if they wander. Additionally, our caregivers know how to handle mood swings and agitation and can assist in slowing memory loss through mentally-simulating activities.
The following services can be included within our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services:
- Companionship: Social companionship is beneficial for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, and our caregivers can provide such companionship by developing a personal connection with them. Our caregivers will engage clients to participate in their favorite activities, using mental stimulation to slow memory loss and stabilize their moods.
- Meal Preparation: If an elderly individual suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, they might not remember to eat. Furthermore, they cannot prepare meals in a safe manner, but our caregivers will take care of meal preparation, ensuring patients eat enough and are properly nourished.
- Medication Reminders: Our caregivers will make sure patients take any necessary medications at the right time and in the correct dosage.
- Personal Care: Our caregivers will help with bathing, restroom use, incontinence care, getting dressed, and other activities of daily living.
- Wandering: Our caregivers will ensure patients who wander are safe, guiding them and ensuring they don’t leave their residence.
- Respite Care: We provide respite care services for family caregivers, who are caring for senior loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Call Assisting Hands for a Complimentary In-Home Assessment
After receiving your call for memory care services, we have one of our staff members visit your loved one’s home to conduct an in-home evaluation. The evaluation includes a care assessment in which we learn your loved one’s needs, and a home safety evaluation. Using the information from the assessment, we then create a care plan that meets your loved one’s unique care needs. If the plan needs to be altered to accommodate any changes in care needs, we can cover that.
If you have an elderly relative who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, call (630) 313-6160 for a free in-home evaluation and to learn more about the memory care services Assisting Hands Home Care offers in Lombard, Addison, Elmhurst, Villa Park, IL, and the neighboring areas of DuPage County. We have highly-trained, experienced caregivers who will provide your elderly loved ones with the memory care needed to live at home safely.