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With memory care services in Schaumburg, IL, and the nearby areas of Cook County, Assisting Hands is provides care and assistance for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
At Assisting Hands, our caregivers have the specialized training to provide memory care Alzheimer’s and dementia patients at home. When patients have mood swings and feel agitated, our caregivers use positive reinforcement, and engage them in memory care exercises to slow memory loss.
To learn more about our memory care services, give us a call at (847) 915-6186.
Alzheimer’s Disease vs. Dementia
There are over 5.5 million Americans 65 years old or older who are affected by dementia. 70 percent of these cases concern Alzheimer’s disease, which is not the same as dementia. Dementia describes the general memory loss and cognitive ability decline. Alzheimer’s disease is one type of dementia and, in the United States, is one of the top causes of death.
Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is a degenerative condition with symptoms including memory loss and declining cognitive abilities worsening with time. One may first forget little things, like a recent conversation, but it progresses into forgetting important things, such as people they’ve known for years. In the later stages, affected individuals are no longer independent and consequently, need care on a constant basis. Because their home is familiar and comfortable, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients benefit most from home care.
Recognizing the Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Memory loss isn’t uncommon among seniors, so it isn’t always a sure sign of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. In the early stages, these diseases concern more than memory loss. However, it is imperative families keep an eye on their elderly relatives and look for potential signs of dementia. Being able to recognize the symptoms early on helps in creating an effective care plan to manage symptoms over time.
Watch for these signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in your elderly loved ones:
- Forgetfulness: When an individual is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, short term memory is often affected first. General forgetfulness isn’t concerning for elderly individuals, but repeated forgetfulness is, as it can be an indicator of dementia in its early stages.
- Wandering: Wandering aimlessly can be a sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia because it is caused by general confusion. When this wandering causes searching for a nonexistent person or thing, they may be in the early stages of the disease.
- Agitation: Those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia have limitations and sensing them can result in feelings of agitation and mood swings.
- Incontinence: When Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are in the late stages of the disease, they lose control of their bodies, making incontinence common.
Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients
Providing care to an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient is difficult for families. Assisting Hands’ caregivers are specially trained to care for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Our caregivers know how to handle mood swings and agitation, using positive reinforcement techniques in a dignified and loving manner. We will also keep your elderly loved ones safe if they wander. To slow memory loss, our caregivers will engage them in mental stimulation exercises.
Within Alzheimer’s and dementia care, we include the following services:
- Companionship: Alzheimer’s and dementia patients find social companionship to be beneficial. Through conversation and their favorite activities, our caregivers develop a personal bond with your elderly loved ones. As a result, patients’ moods improve, and their minds are stimulated, slowing memory loss.
- Meal Preparation: Not only is it tough for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia to cook and prepare meals for themselves, but it’s dangerous. Our caregivers prepare nutritious meals for your loved ones that also account for dietary restrictions.
- Medication Reminders: Our caregivers remind clients to take the necessary medication dosage at the right time.
- Personal Care: Our caregivers will assist with restroom use, getting dressed, bathing and showering, incontinence care, and more.
- Wandering: When dementia patients wander, it is especially dangerous as they’re not aware of their surroundings. But our caregivers keep your elderly loved ones safe in their homes, such as clearing the way of obstacles.
Memory Care in Schaumburg, IL
Our memory care services start by visiting your loved one’s home to perform a safety evaluation and a care assessment. With their information, develop a care plan is developed to safely cater to your loved one’s needs. The plan can be changed as needed and we will maintain open communication to provide updates.
Contact Assisting Hands if you have relatives in Schaumburg, IL, or the nearby areas of Cook County with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia and need memory care services. We will provide quality, compassionate care.
Free In-Home Assessment
Call 847-915-6186 for a free in-home assessment and/or for more information regarding our memory care services in the Schaumburg, IL area.
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