Dementia Care & Alzheimer's Care in Parkersburg, WV
Find out more about the dementia care and Alzheimer's care the we offer.
Alzheimer's disease is a specific type of dementia. It is an insidious disease that slowly erodes a senior's memory, ability to think critically, spatial awareness, and eventually their ability to communicate and care for themselves. As a result, seniors who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's disease will require some level of care during their earlier stages of the disease, but by the end of the progression, they will require full-time, 24-hour care.
There are between 5 and 10 million American seniors with Alzheimer's disease and millions more with other forms of dementia. Many of these seniors receive help from family caregivers, especially early on. As the disease progresses into the middle and later stages, family members often find themselves overwhelmed by the time and extent of their loved one's growing needs. At this time, discussions about nursing homes and memory care facilities often take place. Others find that professional in-home care will not only meet their loved one's needs but allow them to remain safely in the comfort of their own home. In-home dementia care and Alzheimer's care can also be of great benefit to family care providers.
Things to Know About Dementia & Alzheimer's Care.
Families who are considering in-home dementia and Alzheimer's care should consider several things before making a decision:
Not every service provider offers the same levels of care. Some provide non-medical care, others only provide medical care, and others, still, provide a combination of both. The right choice should be based on the stage of your loved one's condition, the level of care necessary, and the type of services family members are able to accomplish on their own.
Conditions change. Some seniors will stay in a single stage of dementia for a long time. Others will transition through the stages rapidly. When choosing in-home care, it is important to remember that services and supports will need to be adjusted as conditions change. Look for companies who are quite flexible and will make changes quickly and easily.
Training. Many parts of dementia care and Alzheimer's care can be provided at home by family members with the proper support. Comfort Keepers caregivers will work with family caregivers to provide necessary supports, but they will also help train family members so they can better care for their loved one. In addition to techniques and approaches to care, providers can help with new technology, tips, and updates in the field.
In short, if your senior loved one requires dementia care and Alzheimer's care to remain safely at home, be sure to look into the care agencies before making a decision. For more information, contact a Comfort Keepers senior care coordinator today.