What You Should Know About Interim Healthcare's Alzheimer's In-Home Care
Posted: 2/10/2021 12:22 PM by
Filed under: alzheimers
We hear of it all the time. And, if we are the grown children of aging parents, we might feel a bit of anxiety as the years go by, wondering if our mom or dad might become a victim.
Alzheimer’s, or, as it is properly known, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), is often associated with dementia. However, there is a bit of a difference.
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Dementia is not.
Dementia is a disease that is characterized by loss of brain abilities, causing decreased cognitive function.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. The disease 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.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that is caused by complex brain changes that follow cell damage. This, in turn, leads to dementia symptoms that gradually worsen over time. The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is trouble remembering new information because the disease typically impacts the part of the brain associated with learning first.
As Alzheimer’s advances, symptoms become more severe and include disorientation, confusion and behavioral changes. Eventually, functions such as speaking, swallowing, and walking become difficult. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent, cure, or even slow Alzheimer’s.
However, Interim HealthCare has extensive experience in helping individuals and their families live with Alzheimer's disease as well as other types of dementia.
How Interim Healthcare Can Help with Customized Alzheimer's Care and Dementia Programs
Interim Healthcare of Santa Rosa provides customized care programs for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia throughout Sonoma County. We are able to provide medication reminders, assistance, and even administration of medications.
Our highly-trained caregivers can help with the basic daily activities of living (ADLs) or physical ADL. These include:
Our caring and compassionate staff can also give relief to a senior’s family caregivers by assisting with routine home management chores such as housekeeping or laundry. And we strive to create and maintain a safe and calm environment for those suffering from Alzheimer’s.
- personal hygiene
- grooming tasks
- transferring or ambulating
While the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease do worsen over time, the rate at which the disease progresses varies. On average, a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's lives four to eight years after diagnosis, but many patients may live as long as 20 years, depending on various factors.
Home Care for Those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia is Beneficial
A common question that adult children of parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is whether their parents are better off remaining in their homes or being placed in a care facility?
More often than not, remaining in their homes as long as is safe and feasible is the healthier option.
As an article at Aging Care noted,
“The biggest value that home care offers is that it allows elders to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. This option is far less disorienting for a dementia patient than a move to an assisted living facility, a memory care unit or a nursing home. Familiar environments offer a great deal of security and peace of mind for individuals with dementia.”
In addition, receiving home care also allows for establishing and maintaining routines and a structured environment.
Maintaining a schedule similar to what a loved one kept prior to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can help reduce their bouts of anxiety and confusion. For example, a parent who regularly watched the evening news after dinner can experience an ongoing sense of normalcy if this routine is kept up.
And this can be true even if they don’t completely understand what they are seeing and hearing on the broadcasts.
The same article goes to point out that,
“Humans are creatures of habit and preserving these very personal and deeply ingrained routines can help elders retain a sense of control and understanding of what is going on around them.”
Let Interim HealthCare Help Create a Safe and Calm Environment for Your Loved One
Finding the right in-home care provider and service in Sonoma County is an important decision for you, and it is important to do what is right for both you and your aging loved one. You can be assured that, at Interim HealthCare, we know what to look for in determining how your senior parent or grandparent can remain safe in their own home.
If you or someone you know are in need of home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today.
At Interim HealthCare, we offer a wide variety of home care ranging from respite and assisted living at home, to Alzheimer's care, and much more.
To schedule your No-Obligation in-home evaluation, or to learn more about home care services, or to learn more about home care for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients in Sonoma County, select the red "Contact Us" tab to the right of this post or call our Santa Rosa office at (707) 545-4986.