Those offering care to individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia should absolutely have experience in this area. The ideal caregiver is accustomed to the challenges they will face caring for your aging loved one and will be able to do so with confidence, patience, and techniques learned from years of experience. This helps ensure your loved one’s needs are being met, and quality care can be provided at all times.
While staying in the home can offer many benefits, this is typically not a role easily filled by a family caregiver simply because most are ill-equipped to manage the demands of the situation. Families and a feeling of familiar community can be very important, but routine care is usually better left to an experienced caregiver.
With Big Hearts Homecare, you can be confident your loved one will be matched with a skilled caregiver.
Dementia is a degenerative mental disease that affects millions of senior citizens, and Alzheimer’s disease is one form of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia accounting for two-thirds of all cases. People who suffer from all forms of dementia typically experience memory loss and confusion that can make living alone not only challenging, but potentially dangerous.
Ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease
1) Memory loss
2) Difficulty performing familiar tasks
3) Problems with language
4) Disorientation with time and place
5) Poor or decreased judgement
6) Problems with abstract thinking
7) Misplacing things
8) Changes in mood or behaviour
9) Changes in personality
10) Loss of initiative
Several common symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia:
• Forgetfulness: Dementia and Alzheimer’s affect short term memory first which makes it difficult for those affected to complete many daily tasks. They may forget that they are in the middle of a certain task, or forget to do some things altogether like bathe, change clothes, brush teeth or eat.
• Wandering: Dementia often causes those affected to wander aimlessly particularly in the evening which can be dangerous. They usually wander out of boredom or if they are trying to find a certain object or person.
• Incontinence: People in the later stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s typically have incontinence issues because they lose control of their bladder and bowels. This makes it very difficult for those affected to get to the bathroom in time or where it is.
• Agitation: People affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s can sense that they are losing control which is why they are commonly agitated.
• Change of Mood: People affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s suffer from mood change.
An Alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses can raise concerns for family members. Care for these individuals goes beyond simply checking in or dropping off groceries. They require more support, different approaches, and a depth of experience not found in most families. Big Hearts Home Care provides Alzheimer’s and dementia care to help families effectively care for loved ones who are affected by these degenerative mental diseases.
In Home Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
It is usually best to care for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in their own homes because the familiar surroundings are comforting. Our dementia care services can help your loved ones live safely and comfortably in their homes. We create customized care services to ensure that your loved one’s care needs are met.
At Big Hearts Home Care, our caregivers are specially trained to handle the common symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s and create a safe environment for those affected by these diseases.
We will ensure that the conditions of the home are safe so there is less danger when our clients wander, and we always remain patient and give positive reinforcement when they start to show signs of agitation. Our team also helps with incontinence and personal activities such as bathing and getting dressed.
In a recent Stats Canada report, receiving care at home was a reality for 2.2 million Canadians or 8% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over. In most cases, care recipients relied on the help of family and friends, though they often combined this care with help from professionals