Caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s means creating a safe, comfortable and supportive environment that increases quality of life and allows the person to continue to function as well as possible for as long as possible.
Dementia sufferers enjoy a better quality of life and function better when:
- They have a daily routine which lessens confusion.
- They are allowed to be independent and to accomplish tasks on their own wherever possible.
- They are spoken to in a gentle voice which doesn’t descend into condescension.
- They take advantage of organized activities geared toward people with dementia and enjoy
- Regular exercise and simple crafts and games.
A caregiver for a client with dementia must be vigilant about safety, since even the home can be dangerous. All windows and doors must be locked at all times to prevent wandering. Interior locks should be removed and all tripping hazards, such as throw rugs, should be put away. But even with all these precautions, a person with dementia can’t be left alone. He should be watched at all times, to ensure he doesn’t leave the house or try to accomplish a task he is no longer able to do.
Dementia Care with a Smile
Caring for someone with dementia requires that extra bit of patience which Towne Home Care’s home health aides have in spades. They may have to answer the same question numerous times, repeat their words until they are understood or tolerate difficult behavior. Our aides maintain a professional and cheerful air at all times, keeping a smile on their faces even when their client is uncooperative.
Towne Home Care’s dementia care is holistic. Our home health aides care for the emotional and physical needs of every client, emphasizing the activities which make their clients happiest. Safety is at the top of their priority list, but they don’t sacrifice joy, comfort or stimulation. They treat dementia sufferers with the same compassion and love that they would give their own relatives if they were in that situation. In fact, many of our caregivers chose the profession after caring for a relative at home.
If your loved one is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s and wants to remain at home, we can help! Contact us to create a customized plan which keeps your family member safe and happy and as independent as possible.