Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
More than 5 million people over 65 in the United States currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, with an additional 44 million worldwide estimated to be living with the condition. Patients with moderate to severe dementia typically require special care, and their needs can range from management of difficult behavior, to
requiring help with the basic activities of daily living, to 24/7 supervision. And while the average Alzheimer’s patient lives eight years after symptoms emerge, age and other health conditions can permit a loved one to survive up to 20 years. The family caregivers who bear these burdens risk poor health, depression and
chronic illness at a rate much higher than their peers without similar responsibilities. Caregivers can often find it difficult to find the time to perform vital self-care such as medical visits, recreation and even getting a good night’s sleep.
Changes to the brain can affect how a person thinks, acts and feels, so caring for patients with cognitive and memory impairments can present special challenges to families and caregivers. Alzheimer’s patients might not sleep at night, may become agitated, may wander away from home, and may experience anxiety, anger,and depression, in addition to medical conditions that commonly co-occur with dementia, such as stroke and depression. Alzheimer’s caregivers can pay a high emotional, physical and financial toll. For example, caregivers, more so than their peers, are at risk for depression, high blood pressure, heart
disease, and other chronic diseases, even death. Companion care services offer a vital break away from the demands of caregiving, and are available for varying lengths of time—daytime hours, overnight, a weekend, even for a week or longer.
How Home Care Helps
Casa Companion Homecare Solutions’ Companion Specialists offer assistance at every level of care: hourly care, daily care, live-in care, overnight care, 24/7 care and respite care. Whether you need just a little bit of extra assistance at home or complete 24-hour care, we can customize a care plan for you through one of our caring and compassionate Companion Specialists. In particular, our Companion Specialist III’s are able to assist family caregivers with later stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s care in a loving home environment.
Alzheimer’s services can include:
- Bathing assistance
- Dressing assistance
- Driving and transportation to and from appointments, errands, shopping, social visits
- Engaging in activities that encourage stimulation such as art projects, games, puzzles
- Facilitating visits with family, friends, neighbors
- General supervision of client – particularly clients with dementia
- Light housekeeping
- Meal preparation and cooking
- Medication reminders
- Monitoring ambulation to prevent falls and increase personal safety
- Monitoring the client’s general health & well-being and reporting changes to family members or care team members
- Oral/personal hygiene and grooming supervision
Help for Family Caregivers
A Casa Companion Specialist can allow the family caregiver to find time for his or herself, relieve stress, and balance the responsibilities of caregiving with work and the rest of the family. Contact Casa Companion Homecare Solutions today for your free consultation, and to find out more!