How Senior Care Can Help with Late Stage Dementia
Posted: 8/13/2019 8:00 AM by
There’s no simple way to describe the complex emotions and stresses that accompany a diagnosis of dementia. The emotional turmoil that is inflicted upon patients and their families is undeniable. And, after getting through the early days, reality sets in as the disease progresses and the needs of your loved one become more challenging.
Late stage dementia requires constant care. But many families want to keep their loved ones in their homes as long as possible. Providing some level of care to your loved ones in such a difficult time can give family members a sense of control over a situation which sadly, has very little control to offer.
If you’re struggling with the idea of putting Mom or Dad in a nursing home versus keeping your loved one at home, dementia care home services can offer peace of mind and relief for your family.
Here’s how dementia care home services can help with late stage dementia:
People with dementia often exhibit behaviors that are difficult to manage and that can put them in danger. One of the most common behaviors is wandering. Dementia can cause older adults to try and leave the house and wander away, often getting lost or injured. This is just one of the reasons dementia patients cannot be left alone. Senior care providers can supervise your loved one to ensure they remain safely at home.
Prepare Healthy Meals
Good nutrition is important at any age and is particularly important for those who are suffering from chronic conditions, including dementia. Proper nutrition improves overall health, often making the chronic condition easier to manage as well. Senior care providers can cook balanced meals that are easy for older adults to eat. If your loved one needs assistance with eating, your home care provider can help with that, too.
Basic Care Tasks
Older adults suffering from late stage dementia may be unable to move around on their own. They also lose the ability to perform day-to-day functions like getting dressed. Senior care providers can help your loved one to transfer into a wheelchair or to walk safely from room to room. Senior care providers can also assist with dressing and basic hygiene tasks, like bathing and grooming.
Support for Family Caregivers
Caring for someone with late stage dementia is time consuming and takes a toll on family caregivers. Having the assistance of a senior care provider allows family caregivers the opportunity to take care of themselves. Senior care providers can care for the older adult while family caregivers work, spend time with other family members and friends, or simply enjoy some time to themselves.
We’re proud to care for your loved one.
To learn more about dementia care home services and how we can provide care for your loved one, contact the Interim HealthCare location nearest you.