Home Care Considerations for People with Dementia

Home Care Considerations for People with Dementia

Since increasingly more aging adults are being diagnosed with dementia, the number of professional care providers who're trained to handle people with cognitive impairment is slowly increasing.

A recent survey found 68 percent of homecare companies provide specific instruction on Alzheimer’s to their caregiver workers. This training differs from agency to agency, but generally touches on topics like how to deal with hallucinations and dementia-related behaviors, as well as approaches for maintaining a cognitively challenged individual safe and emotionally stimulated. To exercise an elder’s mind and lift their spirits, an expert caregiver will frequently create exceptional tasks based on the senior’s specific hobbies and interests.

Art and music are effective forms of therapeutic participation that can provoke memories and emotions in an person with dementia, no matter which point they're in. An expert caregiver may have an Individual who has been affected by dementia listen to their most favorite song, or supply them with art supplies, actions which can spark seemingly amazing responses even in people who can’t recall their own names.

With the household ’s permission, a professional caregiver may also be able to take a elder with dementia outside to a local museum, park or zoo to spark engagement.

Should an elder’s condition progress to the point where they need more intensive care, a homecare provider may also be able to help facilitate a transfer to an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility. Such transitions can be difficult, which is why it can be beneficial to have the help of a professional who has experience with such moves.

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