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Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia Care

Research from the Alzheimer’s Association states approximately four million persons in U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease (A.D.) A.D. is a disease of the brain that causes progressive deterioration of brain cells. This loss of brain cells can result in gradual loss of memory confusion difficulties with language and increasing difficulty with performing everyday tasks like using the telephone or grocery shopping. People with Alzheimer’s can experience changes in their personalities that may cause them to behave in way that their family members may struggle to understand. As a care giver for a loved one with A. D. or dementia it can be extremely hard both physically and emotionally. At CAREPOINT In-home our staff is trained to manage behavior problems associated with A.D. and Dementia. Our Care Aides utilize innovative techniques which were devised by a team of medical professionals so you can gain peace of mind knowing our team is utilizing current treatment methods to help your loved one. They follow a care plan which keeps clients safe when they exhibited wandering, aggressiveness, hallucinations or eating/sleeping difficulties. Many problem behaviors are made worse by an unfamiliar environment and your loved one’s inability to deal with stress. CAREPOINT In-home will help you learn how to make changes in the caring atmosphere so you can increase to quality of life for you and your loved one.

CAREPOINT In-home has helpful tips for you:

  1. Identify the causes of A.D/dementia behavior problems to formulate a new plan of action.
  2. Changes in behavior such as aggression, wandering, anxiety or hallucinations is often exhibited because your loved one does not know how to communicate their needs/feelings to you.
  3. Ask yourself what happened just before the problem behavior started?
  4. Are your loved ones needs being met? Sometimes they do not know how to tell you they are thirsty, hungry tired or over stimulated by their environment. Do they need to go to the bathroom? Do they have enough stimulating activities or do they sit by themselves?
  5. How did you react to problem behaviors? Did your reaction sooth your loved one or did it make it worse?
  6. The cause of the problem behaviors might be because they are struggling to do a difficult task, here a load noise, physical discomfort, unfamiliar surroundings and frustration due to not being able to communicate needs.
  7. If you can analyze why your loved one is stressed and what the triggers are to the problem behaviors you can sometimes prevent future outbursts.
  8. It is hard to keep in mind they are not exhibiting Problem behaviors on purpose-do not take it personally and remain calm!
  9. Remember their sense of reality is different to them. Attempting to put yourself in their situation by looking at their body language and imagine how they must be feeling will help you understand what they need and help you continue to foster empathy for your   loved one other  family members.     

CAREPOINT IN-Home can support you and your loved through this difficult time and we have many more techniques to support you and your loved one with A.D. Call our office today to learn more about how we can help you and your loved one.