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Alzheimer's & Dementia Care in Chico, CA and Butte County

Alzheimer's and Dementia Care in Butte County

Dementia is a disease that is characterized by loss of brain abilities, causing decreased cognitive function.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, and affects the memory, thinking and behavior of an estimated 5.4 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease typically start to set in when the patient is over the age of 60. When symptoms such as forgetfulness or thinking problems develop before age 60, it is classified as early onset Alzheimer's disease.

Interim HealthCare has extensive experience in helping individuals and their families live with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

How to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias


For many senior citizens, Alzheimer's disease and dementia can be a serious concern. These conditions affect the brain and can cause behavioral changes, memory loss, and a host of other issues. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce you or your loved one's risk of developing these debilitating conditions. Here are a just few tips to keep in mind:
Staying active and taking care of yourself can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and dementia.

  1. Get plenty of exercise. Regular physical activity has been thought to be an effective way to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's or dementia. Whether you prefer a low-impact exercise like yoga or more intense forms like running and swimming, try to make sure you're getting enough in your weekly routine. 30 to 60 minutes a day may be ideal.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Eating a balanced diet is crucial for maintaining overall health, and it can also help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and dementia. Eat fruit, vegetables, good proteins, and any other healthy food you can think of. Limit your intake of sugar, saturated fat, and alcohol.
  3. Stay mentally active. Keeping your mind sharp is a another great way to reduce your risk. Make sure to challenge yourself mentally on a daily basis through activities like reading, puzzles, and brain games.
  4. Socialize regularly. Isolation has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's and dementia, so it's important to stay socially active as you age. Connect with friends and family members, join social clubs or groups, and volunteer in your community to boost your social life.

Resources for Alzheimer’s Disease in Chico, CA, Butte County, and the Surrounding Area

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it's important to get the proper care and support. The Alzheimer's Association in particular can be a huge help! This organization offers support groups, educational resources, and other services for people affected by Alzheimer's disease. For those in the Chico, Calfornia area, you can visit our local chapter, the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, here.

Warning Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Confusion can be a symptom of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia.

One of the most important things you can do for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease is to keep an eye out for warning signs and symptoms. These may include:
 

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Wandering or getting lost easily
  • Communication and speaking issues
  • New or different changes in mood 


If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it's important to seek a professional opinion from your loved one's doctor.

Dementia Actions and Behaviors

 

If you have a loved one with dementia, it's important to be prepared for the likely behaviors and actions they can display. This can include feelings of frustration, sadness, anger, fear, and even aggression on their part. However, it's critical not to take these reactions personally and to offer your support and understanding instead. Bringing in a professional opinion or help can also be vital as the disease progresses. In doing so, you can help your loved one through this difficult time.

Caring for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia at Home

Keeping a loved one with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia active mentally can help!
 

For older adults living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the familiar environment can provide safety and comfort. However, caring for them at home can be a challenge. However, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier. These include:

  • Learning about the specific challenges your loved one may face and getting help as needed from professionals.
  • Preparing your home for safety and comfort by removing potential hazards and installing helpful tools like railings in the bathroom, non-slip mats in the kitchen and bathtub areas, etc.
  • Encouraging regular social interaction and staying positively involved with your loved one's care plan to reduce feelings of isolation or loneliness.
  • Providing emotional support and understanding through this difficult time by communicating openly, staying patient, and avoiding arguments.

Compassionate Care at Each Stage of Dementia


At Interim Health Care, we understand the unique changes that individuals experience, and it makes a difference in the quality of care we are able to provide. Applying the GEMS classification model, our caregivers know what's happening at each stage of brain change and we customize our care plan to meet each client's needs.

Based on the stages, the caregiver can effectively plan and carry out ineaningful activities based on the interests and ability level of their client. The caregiver can help develop a routine with the client that gives their life a greater sense of meaning and belonging. Research shows that a sense of belonging reduces challenging behaviors.

Knowing why an individual responds the way they do and what reduces their anxieties to help them stay positive is crucial to providing compassionate care. That's what you can expect when you work with Interim HealthCare. Their world is changing, but we'll be their constant!

A Holistic Approach to Home Care in Chico, CA


What does that mean? It's home care for the mind, body, spirit, and family. By taking a holistic approach to dementia care, we're able to enrich the lives of the people we care for—and it makes a significant difference. Our Care Manager focuses on each part of an individual's life to provide a rewarding and meaningful experience for the client and their care team.

  • Engaging their mind through brain-stimulating activities that provide fun and enjoyment to the individual based on their strengths and interests.
  • Engaging their body through healthy movements and safe exercises to keep individuals physically strong and actively participating in life.
  • Engaging the spirit through reminiscencing, pampering activities, and laughter.
  • Engaging their family by providing education, support, and encouragement to caregivers, clients and their families.

When it's time to choose a dementia care partner,

Interim HealthCare checks all the right boxes!

 

  • Compassionate and experienced care providers
  • Strength-based communication and behavior support
  • Holistic, individualized plan of care
  • Expertise in dementia care


We understand the changes that individuals living with dementia are experiencing. These changes sometime manifest themselves in challenging behaviors to express unmet needs. Our caregivers know how to use PAIN-AD and other screening tools to compassionately help clients when they are unable to verbally communicate.

Interim also realizes that the role between the family caregiver and their loved one may present uncomfortable challenges. We can help bridge that gap. More than just providing care, we provide expertise, companionship, and support to the people we serve and their families. Their world may be changing, but we'll be their constant.

Interim HealthCare of Chico, CA Can Provide In Home, Compassionate Care for Your Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Our professional Alzheimer's and dementia care in Chico can help your loved one stay at home comfortably.














If you're in the Chico, California area and are struggling to care for your loved one with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, Interim HealthCare of Chico's Dementia Care Services can help. With our comprehensive in home care services, we can provide support and assistance with a wide range of tasks and activities of daily living while ensuring that your loved one stays comfortably at home and that their personal needs for care are met. From transportation to medical appointments to meal preparation and housekeeping, our senior care services include what you need to make life easier for both you and your loved one during this challenging time. Learn more about what we can do in the video below:

 

To schedule your No-Obligation in-home evaluation, or to learn more about home care for Alzheimer's or Dementia in Chico, California and Butte County or one of our other senior care services. Call our Chico, CA office (530) 899-9777. You can also fill out the simple form on this page and we will contact you soon.

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