Seniors living with Alzheimer’s face special challenges, beyond the typical obstacles that come with aging. There are many factors to consider when determining the best type of care, but in many instances, familiar surroundings provide the most ease and reassurance for both those with Alzheimer’s and for their family members.
Home care is typically the first choice for individuals living with Alzheimer’s, especially in early and middle stages of Alzheimer’s care. This provides them with consistency, comfortable surroundings, and minimal disruption to familiar routines – all of which is particularly helpful during any phase of the disease.
Caregivers can help ensure the home is safe by identifying and removing any hazardous items or materials, and locking or clocking off areas unsafe for an individual to access, such as stairwells or storage areas. They will also help safely store and administer medication and ensure safety throughout the home.
Caregivers treat a whole person, not just a condition. Therefore, when considering care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s, it’s important not just to look for someone specialized in the disease, but someone with a holistic approach. As memory starts to become a challenge, having a dedicated caregiver becomes key. They should be familiar with your loved one’s birthplace, childhood memories, occupation, hobbies, family members and family stories, likes and dislikes, as well as their daily routine.
1776 Senior Care provides family members with the Online Family Room, which provides updates as if you’re in the next room. You can interact directly with the caregiver, monitor medications and activities, and access care logs to see exactly what happened each day, with details from the caregiver’s shift. This allows family members to stay abreast of any potential issues and remain involved in your loved one’s care, even when it’s not feasible to be there yourself.
As you provide insight into your loved one’s preferences and routines, your caregiver will work with you to develop an individualized care plan. When possible, your loved one with Alzheimer’s should also be involved in the plan. You should expect to review this regularly as the disease may change, changing your and your loved one’s care needs.
Because Alzheimer’s typically progresses slowly, but gradually, over time, your loved one’s caregiving needs will also likely change over the months or years. In earlier stages, a handful of caregiving hours per week may be enough to supplement family members looking after their loved one. As the disease progresses, more support is typically needed.
Whether a couple of hours per day or around-the-clock care, 1776 Senior Care offers caregivers specialized in Alzheimer’s care and is your partner in your loved one’s caregiving. Call 1776 Senior Care to schedule an In-Home Assessment at 630.469.4515.