Compassionate In-Home Care for Seniors with Dementia
Most seniors don’t recognize when dementia has set in and if they do recognize any of the symptoms then denial is not an uncommon side effect. Most relate to it as forgetfulness and as a common progression, and why would it not be with age? The problem is when you are forgetting the critical activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, and your necessary medications.
Dementia is a general term used to indicate that a person has developed difficulties with reasoning, judgment, and memory. Irreversible dementia is chronic and progressive. People who have dementia usually have some memory loss and difficulty with at least one other area, such as:
- Speaking or writing coherently (or understanding what is said or written)
- Recognizing familiar surroundings
- Planning and carrying out multi-step tasks
In order to be considered dementia, these changes must be severe enough to interfere with a person’s independence and activities of daily living. Dementia can be caused by several diseases that affect the brain. The most common cause of irreversible dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of all cases of dementia. There are many different types of dementia and it’s important that you discuss what symptoms are occurring, so your healthcare provider can reach a specific diagnosis.
Symptoms of early Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia typically include difficulty concentrating and remembering simple items or tasks, such as activities of daily living. In later stages, someone may be unable to care for themselves without assistance, particularly any of the activities of daily living. Advanced symptoms like confusion, withdrawal, or wandering and getting lost can present a challenge for families. In-home care for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia is one way to give them the help they need in a familiar environment. The goal is always to maintain as much independence in home for as long as possible.
Creative Caregivers has aids specialized in the field of Dementia and Alzheimer’s care. An in-home assessment can be scheduled to assist in developing a specialized plan of care to determine what your loved one’s needs may be. Seniors in Sarasota deserve a chance to gracefully age in place, while enjoying the comfort and independence that living in their own home provides. If you have an aging loved one that might benefit from our home care services, call Creative Caregivers toll free today at: 1 (888) 530-4909, and we’ll promptly schedule an initial FREE in-home assessment to discuss your senior’s needs.