Seniors With Alzheimer’s: How A Home Care Agency Can Help
One in five Canadians has experience dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that results in memory problems and behavioural issues.
It is important to provide quality care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, especially when they can no longer adequately care for themselves.
Learning the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer Society of Canada estimates that more than a half-million Canadians are currently experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia.
More than 25,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.
How do you know if you or a loved one is developing Alzheimer’s?
According to Healthline, you should look for these early warning signs:
- Loss of memory and forgetting things
- Troubles completing day-to-day tasks
- Inability to find the right words in a conversation
- Using poor judgment and making bad decisions
- Withdrawing from social events and other human interactions
- Changes in mood and personality
- Confusion, fearfulness, and anxiety
It is important to detect Alzheimer’s sooner rather than later.
Consult with a physician for further evaluation or learn more about Alzheimer’s symptoms and how to identify the early stages on our blog post here.
How Can You Care for Someone with Alzheimer’s at Home?
Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s can be challenging.
As the disease progresses you will have to do more and more for that person.
Their mood and personality might begin to change.
You have to do your best to help them maintain a healthy daily routine while at the same time assist with basic skills.
As a person with Alzheimer’s progresses from the early to the middle stages of the disease, they will have increasing difficulties taking care of themselves.
- You need to create a safe home environment for your loved one and check in at least once a day – more often as the disease progresses.
- Anyone with Alzheimer’s needs to stay mentally and physically active. That means playing word games, listening to music, and reading, as well as engaging in a regular exercise routine.
- Helping the person to keep socially active is also important.
All of this can sound overwhelming and in most cases, it can be, especially in the later stages of the disease.
Many family members find that caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is a full-time job – and a rather stressful one.
For that reason, many people hire professional caregivers to help take care of their affected loved ones. A trained caregiver can reduce the burden and stress of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and provide the care and companionship they need.
What Does a Caregiver Do?
A professional caregiver, such as those at All About Seniors, is specially trained to service the needs of patients at all stages of Alzheimer’s. Your loved one will receive the care he or she needs, which will take much of the weight off you and other family members.
A trained caregiver will do all of the following things for your loved one:
- Help them stay physically active
- Provide regular and healthy meals
Keep their minds engaged by playing games and puzzles, reading, and more
Assist with daily day-to-day tasks and activities
Help with personal hygiene
Offer much-needed companionship
Why You Should Choose All About Seniors for Alzheimer’s Help
When you need help caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, consider All About Seniors. Our experienced caregivers can help you care for an Alzheimer’s patient at home and provide peace of mind for you and other family members.
Would you like more information about how All About Seniors can help care for your loved one?