When seniors are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, the people who care for these seniors, including adult children and caregivers, will be affected as well. Seniors who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia require consistent care because it will become increasingly dangerous to let them live on their own.
The least traumatic option for those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is to receive care at home from a home care agency like Assisting Hands. The familiar surroundings of their home can diminish anxiety among those affected by these diseases and give respite to family members who are taking care of their parents.
While family members can help take care of their relatives suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is difficult for them to provide quality care without some assistance. Those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia need consistent care and the outbursts of agitation that are common among those suffering from these conditions can be difficult to handle.
At Assisting Hands Home Care, we provide memory care services to help families take care of their relatives affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, IL and surrounding areas in DuPage county. Our caregivers are trained to provide effective care for those suffering from these conditions right in their own home.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are degenerative diseases, meaning their symptoms start out relatively minor and get worse as the disease develops. It can take 6-20 years for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to run their course. There is no cure for these conditions, but you can help ensure that your affected relatives live safely with effective care.
Our caregivers will help ensure that your loved ones are safe in their homes and we are trained to react to agitation and mood swings in a positive manner. The presence of our caregivers will also provide relief for family members who are providing care.
If you suspect that a member of your family may be affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, look out for these warning signs:
- Short-term memory loss: Short-term memory is the first thing that is affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Your loved one may forget simple things like where they put their shoes, but they will eventually begin forgetting people they have known for years. Some memory loss is normal in seniors, but if the memory loss is consistent and getting worse, they could be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- Wandering: Wandering is a common symptom of those suffering from these conditions when they become confused. They may be unaware of where they are or looking for a certain person or thing. It is important to attend to those affected when they begin to wander to ensure they stay out of danger.
- Agitation: Those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are aware of their cognitive limitations which can be a source of frustration. It is common for those affected to exhibit anxiety, agitation, and mood swings.
- Incontinence: Incontinence is a symptom of the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as those affected lose control of their bodies.
Memory Care Services from Assisting Hands
The caregivers of Assisting Hands Home Care are trained to respond to these symptoms to help ensure the safety of your loved ones. We will make sure that they stay safe when they begin to wander, and we use positive reinforcement techniques to respond to agitation. You can expect the following from our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services:
- Companionship: Meaningful social interaction is very important to help alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our caregivers will build a personal relationship with your loved ones by engaging in conversations about their past and favorite hobbies. We will also engage in activities and memory exercises that can help slow the effects of memory loss.
- Personal Care: Our caregivers can assist your loved ones by providing personal care including help getting dressed, bathing, using the restroom, and incontinence care if necessary.
- Wandering: Our caregivers will ensure that the home is safe for your loved ones to wander and we will keep the home locked so they do not wander outside.
- Medication Reminders: It is important for those affected by these conditions to take their medication at the right time or there could be serious consequences. Our caregivers will ensure that they take the proper medication dosage at the right times.
- Meal Preparation: Preparing meals is dangerous for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia as they can forget they are cooking and leave the stove on. Our caregivers will prepare meals for your loved ones each day and ensure that they account for their dietary restrictions.
Call us for a Complimentary Assessment for Your In-Home Care Needs
Our memory care services start with a visit in your loved one’s home from our professionals. We will discuss the needs of your loved one and evaluate the safety of the home. We will then work with you to form an appropriate care plan that covers your loved one’s needs and works with their schedule.
If you have family members in the Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, IL and surrounding areas in DuPage county who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, contact Assisting Hands Home Care at (630) 352-3656 for a free in-home assessment. Our caregivers have the specialized training to provide quality home care services for those suffering from these conditions.