Caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease is challenging. Whether you are looking for some respite help or full-time support, Canaan Home Care can help! We train some of the most dedicated care professionals who have the required experience and the human touch. Canaan’s Specialized Care team can assist with all levels of the disease’s progression. Our care professionals are versed in the latest dementia research and best practices. Many of our employees have dedicated their careers to the field of dementia. Canaan Home Care is among the very few home care organizations to invest heavily in the continuous education of its care professionals.
Here’s what you need to know about Alzheimer’s care at home to help you decide whether that’s a good option for you and your loved one.
Yes. With the right supportive care, many people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can age in place and live at home.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia care at home is a collection of services that help people with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of cognitive decline age in place rather than going to an assisted living facility or nursing home. Home care for dementia patients may include anything from companionship to housekeeping to assistance with activities of daily living all the way to skilled nursing and around-the-clock care.
Dementia care at home may include:
While your primary concern might be preventing your loved one from wandering away when you aren’t with them, companionship is also extremely important for older adults.
Caring for a person with dementia at home involves preventing the patient from wandering off, ensuring their basic needs are taken care of, helping them with activities of daily living, making sure they take medication and get to doctor appointments on time, and overall ensuring the patient has a high quality of life while staying in a familiar home for as long as possible.
With their oversight, insurance, and varied staff to have a backup in case of emergencies, home care agencies are often the best place to get Alzheimer’s care at home. Here are some questions to ask as you look at different options :
If you need help finding the perfect Alzheimer’s care at home, contact us today.
With the right type and amount of care, a person with Alzheimer’s may be able to live the rest of their lives at home. Alzheimer’s care at home can grow to accommodate a dementia patient’s changing needs, up to and including around-the-clock care.
It’s natural to want to care for your loved one all by yourself, but it is physically and emotionally demanding – it’s OK to ask for help.
Many signs may indicate when your loved one needs Alzheimer’s care at home. If you have noticed or experienced any of the following, your loved one may need more care than you can provide.
If your loved one isn’t taking care of themselves as well as they used to, they may need memory care at home. Look for signs like:
● Body odor
● Dramatic change in grooming habits
● Incontinence, frequent trips to the bathroom, or failing to go to the bathroom at all
● Unexplained weight loss
● Foul-smelling home
● Very bad breath or dental problems
● Appearing overwhelmed by daily activities
Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia take away a person’s critical thinking skills, putting them at risk of being taken advantage of, injuring themselves, wandering away from home, or even accidental death. Warning signs include:
● Bad short-term memory such as forgetting to turn off the stove or lock the doors.
● Frequent wandering, being confused about where they are, or failing to answer the phone.
● Poor judgment such as allowing strangers into their home or giving away all their money.
● Not understanding how household objects work, like what to do if the smoke detector goes off or how to call for help.
● Dangerous driving, even after they’ve been told to stop driving.
● Unusual or dangerous behavior like shoplifting or engaging is sexually inappropraite behavior.
It’s natural to want to care for your loved one all by yourself, but it is physically and emotionally demanding. If you’re experiencing burnout, you can’t care for your loved one as well. You may also feel guilty for being burned out, leading to more burnout. It’s OK to ask for help caring for your loved one.
If your loved one isn’t caring for themselves the way they used to, they may show signs like:
Trust your gut. If you think your loved one needs Alzheimer’s care at home, they probably do. Plus, it’s better for your loved one with dementia to have too much help rather than not enough.
Canaan Home Care has a deep history of community service and caring for our neighbors. We are one of the oldest home care companies in the industry and we provide the absolute best caregivers at the most affordable rates. All caregivers are employed by Canaan Home Care and are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. All caregivers are thoroughly screened, including Live Scan background check, in-person interviews, behavioral screening, and skill-based examinations.
Canaan Home Care Value Guarantee: Your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are the only company we know of that guarantees your satisfaction and discloses its financial information. Caregivers generally make 10-15% more with Canaan Home Care than they do with other companies and our rates are generally 10% less expensive than our competitors. We guarantee you won’t find a better-qualified caregiver at a better rate, and you are not locked into any long-term contracts.