By 2050, the number of dementia patients is expected to triple, according to the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association (AHA). Professionals are recommending that you pay close attention to these 13 factors that affect your risk for cognitive decline to reduce your risk of becoming affected. The first 7 factors focus on your heart health and the other 6 address brain health – and all of them can be managed with lifestyle changes.
At Assisting Hands Richmond, we can help families care for their relatives who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia with our memory care services. Our caregivers have the specialized training to provide the care they need to live safely in their homes.
There are more than 5 million senior citizens in the U.S. who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These diseases are devastating as they impact cognitive ability over time, starting with short term memory loss and progressing until the affected individual can no longer provide basic care for themselves.
It is generally recommended that people suffering from these conditions receive care in their homes because they are familiar with that environment. Those affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia do require constant care and this can be difficult for families to provide for their loved ones without outside help. It is beneficial to enlist the help of memory care professionals who are trained to provide effective care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Assisting Hands Richmond provides Alzheimer’s and dementia care services to help those in need of memory care. Our caregivers are trained to provide quality care for affected individuals, and they can respond to many of the common symptoms including wandering, confusion, and agitation. We will also keep a safe and pleasant environment in the home, and we can help reduce the progression of memory loss by engaging your loved ones in memory exercises.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Symptoms
Dementia is a general term that is used to describe any condition in which those affected experience a decline in cognitive ability. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific form of dementia and it is responsible for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. It is important to recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia among your elderly relatives, especially if there is a history of the disease in your family. Catching it early will help you put a care plan together for your loved one so their symptoms can be managed, allowing them to live safely at home.
The following are the most common symptoms to look for:
- Forgetfulness: The first sign or Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is the loss of short-term memory. Those affected may forget trivial things, but the memory loss will get worse over time until it severely impacts their ability to live a normal life.
- Wandering: Wandering is a common symptom of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia due to general confusion. Those affected often wander because they are looking for something or they are unaware of where they are. Wandering can become dangerous if they are unsupervised.
- Agitation: Those suffering from these conditions can often sense their limitations which leads to mood swings and agitation.
- Incontinence: In the late stages of dementia, those affected lose control of their bodies and generally experience incontinence.
Each of our caregivers at Assisting Hands Richmond is trained to respond to these symptoms and provide care that will allow them to live safely at home. We will ensure that your loved ones are supervised and in a safe environment if they begin to wander and we can counteract outbursts of agitation with positive reinforcement.
Memory Care from Assisting Hands
Our staff will work with you and your loved ones to create a complete care plan to help manage their symptoms. We will ensure that your loved ones get the personal care they need, and we will be ready to react to their symptoms to ensure their safety. Our caregivers also follow Our Shared Values which include kindness, compassion, integrity, creativity, and accountability so you can expect the utmost respect and compassion for your loved ones.
Our memory care services consist of the following:
- Companionship: Our caregivers will provide more than quality care for your loved ones; they will be their companions as well. We will build a personal relationship with your loved ones which can help temper the agitation and mood swings that are common among those who suffer from these conditions. We will have friendly conversations with your loved ones to learn about their personal history and engage them in mental exercises that can help slow memory loss.
- Meal Preparation: it is dangerous for those in any stage of dementia to prepare their own meals as they may leave the oven or stove on. Our caregivers will prepare meals for your loved ones each day and be sure to follow their dietary restrictions.
- Personal Care: Our caregivers will help your loved ones with activities of daily living (ADLs) including bathing, restroom use, getting dressed, and incontinence.
- Wandering: If your loved ones begin to wander in the home, we will make sure they do so safely. Our caregivers will accompany them as they walk through the home and prevent them from leaving the home.
- Medication Reminders: Our caregivers will make sure your loved ones take their medication at the right times to avoid complications.
Caring for loved ones who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is difficult for families to do. Our caregivers at Assisting Hands Richmond are properly trained to provide effective memory care for those affected by these conditions to help keep them safe at home. You can reach us 24/7 at (804) 533-6505 for memory care services in the following Virginia areas: Richmond City, Henrico and Chesterfiled county, Glen Allen, Midlothian, Moseley, VA.