Most people prefer to age at home for “as long as possible,” according to US News & World Report. The AARP reports that nearly 90% of seniors want to “age in place,” or stay in their homes as they age. And a Pew Research Center report found that 61% of adults aged 65 and older say they would stay in their home and have someone care for them if they could no longer live on their own.
However, for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, staying at home becomes much more complicated. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Caregivers for Alzheimer's and dementia face special challenges; caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia often involves a team of people.”
ACCESS Nursing Services CEO, Louise Weadock explains that “People with Alzheimer’s move slowing through three stages: early, middle and late. A person’s needs and behaviors change from stage to stage, including the tendency to wander, the inability to care for themselves, engage in self-harm and having erratic mood swings.
Weadock added that not all types of home care are the same when it comes to conditions like Alzheimer’s. “Finding an experienced professional with specialized training in addressing the safety concerns and special needs of someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is crucial.”
She describes the types of Specialized Home Care for People with Alzheimer’s or Dementia:
- Specialized Nursing: A specialized homecare nurse or caregiver can offer companionship and daily care while stimulating cognitive function, as well as managing medications and ensuring that their patient follow the doctor’s care plan.
- Proprietary Sensory Intervention Techniques (SIT): RNs and caregivers are trained to use specific techniques that focus on reducing confusion and providing a variety of engaging activities that stimulate the senses to spark reminiscing, conversation, relaxing and having more restful sleep.
- Individualized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Home Care: Successful outcomes are achieved when a caregiver or nurse is properly matched with the patient and is done on a case-by-case basis. Finding a professional who is flexible and can maintain routines is a top priority when caring for someone who is experiencing cognitive decline.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, is not a journey that you need to take by yourself. To get matched with a specialized caregiver or nurse, please visit https://www.accessnursing.com/access-healthcare-workers-services/