Monday May 18, 2015
By Diane Dillon, administrator, Abramson Home Care
A diagnosis of dementia presents new challenges and concerns, not only for the senior but for their caregivers as well. Family members may start to explore long-term care facilities as the only option for living arrangements, even though they may prefer to have their loved one reside at home. This can be a very stressful time for caretakers, friends and family. However, with the high level of support many home care companies now provide, it may be very possible to keep seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s safely and comfortably in their own homes. Remaining at home may provide many benefits, including:
- Allowing the senior to remain in a familiar setting
- Ensuring that the senior is safe at home or when involved with outside activities
- Having a home care aide assist the senior with prompting to reinforce key messages and help them with tasks. For example, a home care aide may remind the senior how to dress, help avoid dangerous areas in the home and reduce their stress by reviewing family pictures and names.
- Helping the caretaker with bathing, toileting and hygiene for the senior
- Providing respite care or free time for family members
- Be available to help with additional support for the family caregiver when the senior attends functions such as family events
- Assist with recreation and appropriate distraction for the individual, including keeping them involved in favorite hobbies
- Having a nurse to help the caretaker administer medications
- Teaching family members and friends how to best communicate with the senior
As dementia progresses, the level of care needs will also change. A highly-qualified home care company can provide a multitude of services during the progression of the disease.
To find the right home care for your loved one, please fill out our Abramson Home Care online form or call us at 215-371-3490 for additional information.