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Why Has a Private Duty Nurse Become Essential for the Care of People Living with Alzheimer’s Due to COVID-19?

There has been an increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since the start of the pandemic. Experts report that although some of these deaths can be attributed to COVID-19, most are due to an increase in social isolation.

 Medical experts report that since the start of the pandemic, patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia have experienced greater confusion and they are sleeping more often, as well as experiencing a decline in their cognitive abilities and self-care skills.

“This decline can be explained by the sharp drop in their socialization and altered routines, which can create significant stress and accelerate the progression of the disease” says Louise Weadock, founder of ACCESS Nursing Services.

 More than 6 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and an important time to learn about the signs and risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as care options available for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

 One in nine people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s dementia. Two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women, and older Black Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or dementia as older White Americans. Older Hispanics are about one and a half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or dementia as older White Americans.

 Why a Private Duty Nurse is Integral to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patient Care:

  • Specialized Nurses Use Therapies to Enhance Cognitive Function: Proprietary Sensory Interventions Techniques (SIT) used by nurses who specialize in Alzheimer’s and dementia care focus on reducing the incidence and duration of confusion and delirium while minimizing the effects in post-operative or chronically ill dementia patients.
  • Professional Care, Socialization and Stimulation: Maintaining consistent interaction and engaging in specialized therapeutic activity can be essential to the patient’s physical and mental health and may even slow the progression of the disease.  
  • 24/7 Care in the Location of Your Choice: Private duty nurses provide care around the clock in the setting of your choice, including hospitals, homes, and community health facilities. By providing consistent care, private duty nurses keep your loved one safe from potentially harmful occurrences, such as wandering or falling.
  • Reduce Anxiety and Stress in Patients: By transitioning from hospital to home with patients, private duty nurses also provide companionship. Building companionship will help an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia keep their mind stimulated while giving them a sense of wellbeing.

ACCESS Nursing Services’ private duty nurses deliver expert and compassionate care to patients across the spectrum of Alzheimer/dementia conditions. “Our goal is to stimulate cognitive function, reduce anxiety, and promote safety and dignity for all,” says Louise Weadock, Founder of ACCESS Nursing Services. For more information on ACCESS Nursing private duty nurses, visit our Private Duty Nursing page.