Home Care in the Encino area offers a variety of care facilities for those battling Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
That’s good news for family members of alzheimer’s patients, as many communities have been designed to offer soothing conditions, needed medical care, plus safe and secure surroundings.
Some families may want to try to offer home care themselves. This can definitely be a challenging task, but may provide some advantages, especially to someone wanting to keep as much independence as possible. The person facing memory problems may enjoy being in familiar surroundings rather than a place full of strangers. Even their accustomed furnishings and daily habits could be comforting and make the experience more bearable for everyone.
Family members wanting to make this living arrangement work well for themselves and their loved one also need to keep some items in mind that might be different than taking care of someone with purely physical health needs, including security.
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The Alzheimer’s Association recommends that people look at their home or their patient’s home from a different perspective, such as what kind of risks your family member could encounter. The changes in memory could also lead to problems with balance, coordination, judgment, so places that used to be a favorite refuge like a workshop could now be full of potential hazards or chemicals. Supervision is definitely required and some experts suggest minimizing the potential for other harm, such as locking cupboards or removing oven knobs.
In addition to evaluating rooms and spaces for possible dangers, the home should include up-to-date items to use in case of safety concerns or accidents, everything from working smoke detectors to functional smoke extinguishers, carbon monoxide detector and more. Important numbers and contact info should be near every phone, including medical personnel.
Make time for yourself
While some family members are happy to provide basic care and supervision plus time with a loved one, a sense of fatigue may grow especially as his or her condition worsens. That’s why some family members take turns sometimes, or a neighbor or other friends may come in occasionally. Some medical communities even offer respite care, where people battling these types of conditions can be around others with similar diagnoses for a few hours, and their caregivers can have a brief break.
Skilled medical care for Alzheimer’s disease or aging-related dementia isn’t just available in nursing homes or memory care facilities. There are home health agencies in and around the Encino area that are trained to help with these types of conditions. Insurance, retirement benefits or some government programs like Medicaid also may pay for some of these services, from a live-in nurse to someone who visits on a regular schedule during the week. These trained professionals can provide extra care and awareness of possible behavioral changes, beyond the basic support that untrained family members can offer.
Beware of wandering
One of the challenges of dementia is that someone with these conditions may sometimes forget where they are. This could mean that their usual walking route may change, or they may get lost searching for a location that hasn’t existed for decades. Because their sleep patterns may change, they also may be prone to wander in the middle of the night while others are sleeping and not watching them. Family members or caregivers who want to encourage healthy physical habits like walking need to accompany them closely. Changes need to be made at home, such as making doors difficult to open unsupervised or keys difficult to find. Disruptive, distracting environments like malls or busy restaurants also can cause confusion and lead to unsupervised people becoming lost or confused. Finally, be familiar with your neighborhood and neighbors in case you have to search for him or her.
Learn more about the disease/diseases
Every case is different but there are some similar patterns of behavior and progression. Because millions of people are battling thee conditions, that means that there are plenty of caregivers willing to share their perspectives, observations and feelings. There may be support groups in your community and there are plenty of online resources. Because research continues, you also might be interested in different treatment methods. While Alzheimer’s is still a permanent disease, private and public research is taking place into its causes and ways to minimize its deadly symptoms. The National Institute on Aging is one of the organizations looking into treatment options. You educating yourself can also help stay informed about everything from paperwork and medical needs to simply answering questions from other friends or family members.
When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, some tough decisions have to be made about how to provide continuing care. While assisted living centers with memory care options are always a useful resource, some family members may want to try to keep them home as long as possible. Providing home health care can offer additional challenges but can be rewarding and help people stay surrounded by familiar surroundings. Accredited Nursing is here to help you sort through the challenges and smooth out the issues. Contact the location closest to you to learn the best solutions for your situation.