Unfortunately, there are more than 5 million senior citizens in the U.S. who deal with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia each day. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia start with mild symptoms that will become much worse as the disease progresses. Those affected by these conditions will experience impaired cognitive abilities and will need daily care to live safely and comfortably.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care at Home
It is best for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to receive care in their own homes because the environment is familiar and comfortable for them. Remaining at home can help stabilize mood swings and outbursts of agitation that are common among those affected by these conditions. However, families may have a difficult time caring for their elderly relatives with Alzheimer’s or dementia, especially if they are in the later stages. Enlisting the help of a home care agency who is trained to care for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia will ensure that your loved ones receive the proper care.
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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers in Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek and the Surrounding Areas
For professional Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care services, call Assisting Hands Home Care at (602) 535-5440.
Assisting Hands Home Care provides in-home memory care services in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding areas to care for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in their homes. We will assign a caregiver for your loved one who is trained to manage the symptoms of these conditions and engage your loved ones in memory exercises that can help slow the progression of the disease. Our Alzheimer’s caregivers will also react positively to mood swings and outbursts and help maintain a safe environment in the home.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Symptoms
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are not exactly the same thing as dementia is a general term used for all conditions that affect cognitive ability. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia that accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. All forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, are degenerative diseases that impair cognitive ability gradually over time. An affected individual may first exhibit lapses in short term memory, but they will soon not recognize friends and family members and lose awareness of where they are.
If you recognize the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia in your loved ones, it is important to respond with the proper care right away. Getting your loved ones the care they need early in the development of these conditions will help them live a better quality of life. You must watch out for the following symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia:
- Forgetfulness: Short term memory lapses are often the first identifiable symptom of Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is also a common aspect of aging so it can be difficult to tell by this alone if someone is in the early stages of dementia. If the memory lapses are consistent and becoming more frequent, then it is likely your loved one is in the early stages.
- Wandering: Wandering is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s and dementia as those affected may wander aimlessly out of confusion. They may be looking for a particular person or thing or trying to figure out where they are.
- Agitation: Outbursts of agitation and mood swings are common as those suffering from these conditions get frustrated by their limitations.
- Incontinence: Incontinence is common in the later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia as those affected will lose control of their bodies.
Our caregivers have all been trained to effectively manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia and provide the care necessary to keep those affected safe and comfortable in their homes. We can counteract mood swings and agitation with positive reinforcement, and we will make sure that they stay safe if they begin to wander throughout the home.
Visit the websites of Arizona Department of Economic Security – Aging and Adult Services and Alzheimer’s Association® for more information and local resources in Arizona.
Memory Home Care from Assisting Hands
Our caregivers at Assisting Hands Home Care will meet with you and your loved ones in their home to understand their care needs and create a care plan. The care plan will include the personal care and assistance your loved one needs, and we will also help create a comfortable environment within the home.
Our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services typically include the following:
- Companionship: Being a friend and companion for your loved one is important to us and it is very beneficial for those suffering from these conditions. Our caregivers will talk to your loved one about their personal background and engage them in fun activities that can slow the effects of memory loss.
- Meal Preparation: It is dangerous for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia to cook for themselves. Our caregivers will ensure that your loved ones get regular meals by preparing and serving meals each day.
- Personal Care: Many people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia are not able to take basic care of themselves. Our caregivers will help your loved ones with their personal care tasks including bathing, getting dressed, and using the restroom.
- Wandering: Those affected by these conditions will wander, but our caregivers will make sure they are safe when they do it. We will keep the home free of obstacles and ensure that they move around safely within the home.
- Medication Reminders: We will make sure your loved ones take their medication at the right time so they do not forget a dose.
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Caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is difficult for families, but our caregivers at Assisting Hands Home Care – Gilbert can help. We are trained to respond to common symptoms of these conditions and we will help slow their memory loss with engaging memory exercises. You can reach us at (602) 535-5440 to learn more about our Alzheimer’s and dementia home care services in Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek, AZ and the surrounding in Pinal or Maricopa counties.