Dementia is a degenerative mental disease that affects millions of senior citizens, and Alzheimer’s disease is one form of dementia that affects approximately 10 percent of Americans aged 65 and older. 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. Those who suffer from these diseases cannot effectively take care of themselves which could have serious consequences. It is important to provide constant care for those who struggle with dementia, but this can be very demanding for families to take care of on their own. Assisting Hands provides Alzheimer’s and dementia care to help families effectively care for loved ones who are affected by these degenerative mental diseases.
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, and our caregivers are trained to provide memory care services through various activities designed to improve memory. You will also find some peace of mind with our memory care services knowing that your loved ones are in the safe hands of our professional caregivers.
In Home Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease create certain challenges that make it practically impossible for those affected to live safely on their own. While every situation with these diseases is unique, there are several common symptoms:
- General 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 or eat.
- Wandering: Dementia often causes those affected to wander aimlessly 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.
- Agitation: People affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s can sense that they are losing control which is why they are commonly agitated.
At Assisting Hands, our caregivers are specially trained to handle these common symptoms and create a safe environment for those affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia. 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 dementia and Alzheimer’s home care services also include help with incontinence and personal activities such as bathing and getting dressed.
Memory Care Services
The most important aspect of our dementia and Alzheimer’s care services is our individualized memory care which helps improve memory and helps our caregivers create a personal relationship with your loved ones. Our memory care services include the following:
- Background and History: Those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease develop short term memory issues quickly which can cause them to lose interest in conversations. Our caregivers will learn about your loved one’s background as well as their personal interests and hobbies to help engage them in conversation. This will also help us establish a personal relationship and sense of trust with your loved one.
- Engaging Activities: Our caregivers will do several different activities with your loved ones including walks and card games to keep them mentally engaged.
- Family Members: We will create customized memory care plans with the help of the family because you and your family members know your loved ones better than we do.
- Kindness and Compassion: Each of our dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers have been highly trained to care for senior citizens with these degenerative diseases. We treat your loved ones with kindness and compassion, and provide positive reinforcement to help them feel safe and comfortable.
It is difficult to provide adequate care for loved ones that suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s because they require constant care to keep them safe. The caregivers of Assisting Hands are ready to provide memory care services to help your loved ones with dementia live safely and comfortably in their own homes. Contact one of our professionals for more information about our memory care services for senior citizens affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Servicing Chicago and its suburbs – call (847) 915-6186.
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