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Home Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Home Care Arlington VA

Alzheimer's Care at HomeAlzheimer ’s disease is the most common form of dementia among people aged 65 or older, and some estimates show that as many as 5 million Americans in this age group may be suffering from it today. Given the fact that approximately 70% of Alzheimer’s patients are cared for in their own homes, it is important to be well-versed in today’s home care practices as well as what you can do to care for your loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s affects the brain, causing its victim to lose memories and the ability to think and/or reason clearly. The severity of the symptoms will differ according to how much the disease has progressed, and as more time passes you might find that your loved one needs more assistance in various areas of their life. Each day may bring new challenges that need to be addressed, so it is prudent to have a plan for long-term care.

Home care services can provide help and socialization for your loved one, while giving you some much-needed respite. Professional caregivers can be an invaluable addition to your loved one’s regimen at home; they can be as involved as you choose and make sure your loved one receives the proper attention they need to stay safe, functional, and happy.

Home care professionals offer a wide range of services, including:

  • Helping with personal care such as bathing, dressing, eating, etc.
  • Helping with household chores such as cooking, cleaning, etc.
  • Socializing and engaging in games and exercises that stimulate the brain.
  • Facilitating social interaction and friendly encounters with other people and/or groups of people.
  • Engaging in fun, relaxing activities together such as watching television/movies, taking a walk, reading, etc.
  • Assessing a home environment and suggesting changes to make it safer and more comfortable for your loved one.
  • Providing nursing care such as administering medication and tending to wounds.
  • Providing physical and/or speech therapy.

The further along your loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it becomes more and more necessary to provide adequate supervision and support to prevent any detrimental accidents from occurring. First and foremost, however, a good understanding of what your loved one is going through is crucial to give them the most effective and compassionate care possible.

Each Alzheimer’s case is different, so be on the lookout for specific patterns that seem to be affecting your loved one.

Are their “bad” days starting to outnumber the “good” days? Do they seem hostile or lost? Paying close attention to their behavior patterns is a good way to decipher when they might not be feeling their best, allowing you to ensure they are in a safe, relaxing environment when that time comes. In addition, communication is key. While it may be frustrating at first trying to have a conversation with someone who may seem stubborn or even incoherent, always be open to their concerns and lend a genuine ear. You may be surprised at how much you can understand if you give them a chance to voice their honest thoughts.

Caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s is not an easy task, but with some help from a home care agency it can definitely be manageable. By educating yourself and remaining patient and understanding, you can provide a comfortable, nurturing environment for your loved one right at home.

If you or a loved one are looking for experienced senior care you can depend on, contact SenCura at (703) 544-8851. Providing in-home senior care in Northern Virginia.

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Cliff Glier

Owner at SenCura
Cliff Glier is the owner of SenCura, a non-medical home care agency located in Northern Virginia.He has been in the industry for over eight years.Prior to that he spent twenty-five years in the life science biotechnology community and was involved in several successful startup companies providing software and optics for the research community.Mr. Glier is a veteran of the United States Navy.