Those suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and other forms of dementia benefit from receiving care in their own homes. However, those suffering from these conditions need consistent care that is difficult for families to provide. We can provide effective memory care services that will help your loved ones with dementia live safely at home. Our caregivers can respond to agitation and mood swings with positive reinforcement and we will engage your loved ones in memory exercises to help slow memory loss.
Alzheimer’s Disease vs. Dementia
The terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Dementia is a general term that describes a series of symptoms including memory loss and cognitive degeneration. Alzheimer’s disease is one form of dementia that affects 70 percent of senior citizens who have some form of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is also a top cause of death in the U.S.
All forms of dementia are degenerative diseases that affect memory and cognitive abilities. The symptoms caused by these conditions will get worse over time as memory loss will move from short term to long term memory and the decline in cognitive abilities will make it more difficult for those affected to care for themselves. Those in all stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s need consistent care to help protect their safety and well-being in their homes.
Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Some memory loss is common in senior citizens as they age, so this isn’t a sure sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Those in the early stages of these conditions will experience consistent issues with memory, as well as other issues like agitation and general confusion. You must be vigilant for early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease so you can get help for your loved ones early to help manage their symptoms.
The following are the common symptoms of these conditions:
- Forgetfulness: When it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia, short term memory is affected first. Your loved ones may start out forgetting conversations and events from the previous day, and these instances will become more frequent. Eventually their long-term memory will be affected, and they may not recognize family members or friends.
- Wandering: The general confusion that those affected by these conditions experience can lead to aimless wandering. They may wander looking for long lost friends or things that don’t exist. Wandering can also be dangerous if they are unsupervised and manage to leave their home.
- Agitation: Many people suffering from these conditions are aware of their growing limitations which can cause frustration. It is common for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to experience outbursts of agitation and mood swings.
- Incontinence: Those in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia will lose body control which leads to incontinence.
Memory Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients
Alzheimer’s and dementia patients require constant care to manage their symptoms and keep them safe. Our caregivers at Assisting Hands Home Care have the specialized training to care for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia throughout the progression of the disease.
We will respond promptly when your loved ones begin to wander to ensure they move safely through the home and we take a positive, loving approach to help temper agitation and mood swings. We can also help reduce memory loss by engaging your loved ones in a series of mentally stimulating exercises.
You can expect the following from our memory and dementia care services:
- Companionship: It is important for those suffering from these conditions to be surrounded by familiar, friendly faces. Our caregivers will build a personal relationship with your loved ones and get to know them through friendly conversation. We will also engage them in their favorite hobbies and activities which can stabilize their mood and reduce memory loss.
- Personal Care: We can help those suffering from these conditions with personal care activities they cannot do themselves including using the restroom, getting dressed, bathing, and incontinence.
- Wandering: Those who wander aimlessly may put themselves in danger, especially if they manage to leave the home. Our caregivers will intercept your loved ones as they wander and ensure that they move around safely and stay in the home.
- Medication Reminders: We will make sure your loved ones never miss a dose by ensuring they take their medication at the right time.
- Meal Preparation: Our caregivers will prepare meals daily for your loved ones to make sure they are getting enough nutrition. We will prepare meals in accordance with their dietary restrictions.
When you call Assisting Hands Home Care for memory care, we will meet with you and your loved ones in their home for an in-home consultation. During this consultation, we will evaluate the care needs of your loved one and help create an effective care plan. We will update you if there are any changes in your loved one’s condition and our care plan can be adjusted as the disease progresses.
If you have a loved one living in the Evanston, Glenview, and Northbrook, IL area with Alzheimer’s or dementia, contact Assisting Hands Home Care to help with our memory care services. Our experienced caregivers will treat your loved ones with compassion and respect and provide the home care they need to live safely at home.