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Alzheimer's - When Is It Time For In Home Care?

June 22, 2017

 

The year is 2017, with informational and medical break-throughs every year, the search for a solution for Alzheimer's is at an all-time high. Alzheimer's is being researched in hopes to help an aging brain. Fact is, adults above the age of sixty have an above average chance of developing Alzheimer's, or another dementia, even in the countries with advanced health care, such as in the United States. 

 

Growing older with Alzheimer's may involve some changes in your loved one's day to day activities. This also means you, as their primary caregiver, will experience a change in your life. Although there are multiple stages of Alzheimer’s, there are no real indicators of when the symptoms will transition to the next stage. But, being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is not the end of the road. Your loved one can receive high quality assistance to keep up a high quality of life by hiring an in-home care service. This could be the way to get the assistance you, and your loved one, need to help with those transitions. 

 

Here are some reasons why In Home Care may be required for a loved one:

 

Approved medications for Alzheimer’s can help slow the progress of the disease, but medications may also have side effects which may hinder the stability of your loved one while they are home alone. Medications can help delay the symptoms associated with the progression of the disease as well as help slow the process of memory loss, but agitation, depression and sleep issues may also be associated with different medications or treatments as well as the Alzheimer’s disease itself. Caregivers that are trained on how to work with a person with Alzheimer's will be equipped to handle these different situations.

 

A common trend for individuals with Alzheimer’s is they forget to take their medication, as well as, forget what day their doctors appointment is and why they were going to the doctor in the first place. It is quite common for someone with Alzheimer’s to forget to take their medication during the correct time intervals leaving room for taking the medication improperly. In-home care providers can assist with reminders and logging the frequency which the medications are taken which can help doctors figure out an ideal dosage through a request of the caregivers Daily Care Notes.

 

Along with medication reminders, an in home care provider can also prepare nutritional meals that are usually recommended by a dietitian for healthy brain function.

 

By having a caregiver in the home, the risk of a incident and/or injury is decreased. Many in home care service providers will come survey your home before care is started to help with suggestions on making the home a safe environment for both the caregiver and your loved one.

 

Many adults would rather stay in their own home than move to an assisted living or nursing home. A person with Alzheimer's may feel more comfortable in a home they have been living in for several years before their diagnosis. In-home care providers are able to assist with daily tasks and help maintain routines within their homes. By allowing a loved one to live in their own home and remain familiar with their surroundings they are able to age in place peacefully.

 

Ask your doctor if an addition of an in-home care provider service may be right for your loved one.

 

Sources

https://www.caring.com/articles/alzheimers-disease

https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/default.htm

https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/alzheimers-disease-fact-sheet

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