Many elderly senior citizens suffer from dementia, and some may have Alzheimer's disease. However, not every elderly person wants to live in an assisted living facility, and in some cases, the family may not feel that moving their loved one into an assisted living facility is the best option. The good news in this type of situation is that in-home memory care is available. In-home memory care involves specially trained health care professionals and nurses providing caregiving to a person with dementia or Alzheimer's disease in their home. Some of the signs that indicate that in-home memory care may be a good option for your elderly loved one include:
Worries About Wandering
When an elderly person has advanced dementia or Alzheimer's disease, it is not uncommon for them to wander away from home unexpectedly. Unfortunately, when an elderly person wanders away from home, they may become lost and may not be able to provide the necessary information needed to get back home safely. If your elderly loved one has had an episode that involves wandering, in-home memory care can be very beneficial. When in-home memory care is in place, your elderly loved one will always be supervised so they can't leave the house unattended.
One of the big downsides to dementia and Alzheimer's disease is the fact that a person can inadvertently display behavior that can cause dangerous situations. For example, a person may begin cooking something and leave the stove or oven on for an extended period of time. Or, exterior doors to the home can also be left open accidentally. It is also possible for a person with dementia or Alzheimer's disease to become confused about taking their medication, which can lead to missing doses or taking more than one dose at a time. In-home memory care will help ensure that your loved one is safe at all times.
Many families opt to care for an elderly loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's disease on their own. But, as dementia or Alzheimer's progresses and gets worse, providing care can become increasingly difficult. If you're the caregiver for an elderly loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's, do not feel bad if you get to the point that you're completely burnt out. Hiring an in-home memory care service can help relieve the pressure that you are feeling. You can opt to schedule in-home memory care for as many hours and days a week as you like.Share
17 November 2020
Having a home health care worker come to your home and assist you in the care of your loved one can make an impossible situation possible. One of the most important elements of having a care worker effectively assist your family is organization and communication. The care worker coming into your home should be documenting the care that is provided each and every day and you should be documenting the care you provide when the care worker isn't around. This blog will provide you with tips for staying organized and improving the communication between you, your health care worker and your loved one's doctors.