Dementia is a general term used for loss of memory or cognitive ability that can disrupt everyday life. There are different types of dementia such as: Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Mixed Dementia, Parkinson’s Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia and others. At Assisting Hands Home Care, we can provide Alzheimer’s and Dementia care in Fort Myers and the Surrounding Areas.
Behaviors Associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia:
There are many behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, although not everyone will experience dementia in the same way. Some of the challenges people with Dementia might have include the following:
- Impaired focus
- Uncharacteristic mood changes
- Difficulty finding the right words to use
- Repetition of sentences and tasks
- Short-term memory loss
- Night-time waking and sleep disturbance
How Assisting Hands Helps with Dementia Care
When the news of a dementia diagnosis is received, families are faced with additional stresses and difficult decisions about how to care for their loved ones. Assisting Hands Home Care is there to help relieve those stresses. We provide in-home Dementia and Alzheimer’s care to keep your loved one in a secure environment while receiving daily assistance, socialization and stimulation.
Our Approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
At Assisting Hands, we take a person-centered approach to dementia and Alzheimer’s care . We understand each person can be at different dementia stages and each family may be faced with different challenges. We develop our dementia care plan around the person, not the disease. Many of the ways in which we help include the following:
- Respite care, for the family caregiver. As the disease progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to leave the person with dementia at home. Often times family members just time to run errands, go to appointments, or have time to themselves. We understand and can help!
- People with dementia may experience sundowning—restlessness, agitation, irritability, or confusion that can begin or worsen as daylight begins to fade—often just when tired caregivers need a break. We can help by providing overnight care for your loved one a couple of nights a week, or every night, if needed.
- People with Alzheimers or Dementia are often resistant to bathing, and become more combative with their loved one around bath time. They will claim they just showered, or that they will do it later, or outright refuse to bathe. Sometimes, just having someone that isn’t their loved one to help them bathe is enough.
- As the disease progresses, people with dementia may become more prone to falling. With an Assisting Hands caregiver by the side, we can help prevent this.
Our home care services also include social interaction to keep your loved one’s mind active. We can help by working on puzzles, taking nature walks and personally interacting with clients. By keeping your loved one engaged and safe in their own home, Assisting Hands Home Care provides peace of mind for families and a greater sense of happiness for the client.
Are you ready to find out more about our dementia and Alzheimer’s care services? Call us today at (239) 337-4263. We proudly service Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero and Cape Coral, FL and the surrounding areas.