If you are helping a loved one cope with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you are not alone. Over 15 million family members provide some level of Alzheimer’s or dementia care. Dementia progressively weakens an individual’s cognitive abilities, causing memory loss and physical decline. Alzheimer’s disease affects six million people in the United States and Canada.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a physically and emotionally draining experience. As symptoms progress, individuals with Alzheimer’s will require around-the-clock safety monitoring and support with lifestyle and household activities. In addition, the personality changes, memory loss and irritability associated with the condition can have a psychological toll on family members who are watching their loved ones decline. In fact 61% of family caregivers have reported significant emotional stress and 43% have reported physical stress from caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
If you are considering care options for your loved one, or if you are a family caregiver in need of respite, Home Care Assistance is here to help. As an Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance (AEDA) Champion and the leading experts in live-in care, we understand the needs of individuals who require this special kind of assistance. Our Alzheimer’s Care and Dementia Care Training and Alzheimer’s Home Care Plans help us tailor our services to better serve these individuals.
Our care managers will assess the situation, including the individual’s level of dependence in activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing, mobility, toileting and more. We will also consider the individual’s cognitive status and any behavioral changes. Our Alzheimer’s or dementia home care plan is tailored to the needs of the individual and includes assistance with household responsibilities, transportation and meal preparation. Our caregivers are available part-time or around the clock, depending on your loved one’s needs.
Our caregivers use Care Notes to track your loved one’s condition and daily needs, and we conduct regular Quality Assurance visits so the level of care is always appropriate for the situation.
We provide regular updates at your discretion to designated family and friends.
Unlike some other providers, we match the client with specific caregivers and focus on the long-term relationship. Consistency is especially important for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia who can have negative reactions to unfamiliar faces.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s respond best to a stable, familiar environment and an established routine. Our caregivers can help your loved ones stay home, even after their care needs evolve, to provide maximum comfort in familiar surroundings.
Family caregivers make tremendous sacrifices to care for their loved ones, especially as the disease progresses and around-the-clock care becomes a necessity. These family caregivers are more likely to suffer from their own health conditions due to the stress and strain associated with care giving. Respite care from a home care provider can reduce the burden on family members while ensuring the continuity of care and continuance of routines.
Dementia Therapeutics is a research-based, in-home program that was developed for individuals experiencing cognitive difficulties ranging in degree from mild cognitive impairment to more severe symptoms. We offer personalized intervention plans to our clients as well as training for Home Care Assistance caregivers.
The Dementia Therapeutics program is a highly personalized program chosen from over 300 interventions representing a wide variety of cognitive and non-cognitive domains. It is unique in several ways:
Our team works directly with you and your loved ones to create a personalized intervention plan that meets your specific needs. The Cognitive Therapeutics staff tailors each intervention plan according to the individual’s abilities, limitations, personal interests, preferences and histories after a comprehensive admission evaluation is completed.
The interventions are based on research and developed by our dementia experts. These interventions address a wide array of cognitive and non-cognitive domains that are not just limited to memory. Many dementia support programs focus primarily or exclusively on memory because memory loss is often the first noticeable symptom of dementia. However it is only one of many key areas of cognitive functions that need to be addressed.
Cognitive Therapeutics involves and supports the family members and loved ones who live alongside our clients with dementia. We share weekly and monthly progress updates with approved family members to keep them informed on the individual’s progress. We also offer various educational and support programs to family members who wish to learn more about how to interact or communicate with their loved ones at home.
Our focus on implementing the individualized intervention plan in the home allows clients to maintain their privacy and to function optimally without having to adjust to the confusion and distress of institutional living.