Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care

Trained Specialists for Senior Care at Home

Expert Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care: Empowering Seniors to Age in Place with Compassion and Specialized Expertise

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Compassionate and Expert Home Care for Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Home care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia involves providing individualized support and assistance to help them maintain their independence and quality of life while living in their own homes. We call this “aging in place”.

Our team has specialized in Alzheimer’s and dementia care for over 20 years. Our certified nurse assistants and home health aides are led by a team of professionals, including a director of nursing, registered nurse, certified dementia practitioners, senior home safety specialist, and end-of-life specialists.

Our Plan of Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Clients

Here are some key aspects that we focus on when providing home health care for Alzheimer’s and dementia clients:

Safety Assessment:

After starting service with us you can request a free senior home safety assessment and one of our specialists will visit your loved one’s home to conduct an assessment that will help them maintain their independence for longer. When we do a senior home safety assessment, we will suggest adjustments to the home environment to ensure safety. This can include removing tripping hazards, installing grab bars in bathrooms, securing cabinets containing harmful substances, and improving lighting.

Daily routine:

Establishing a consistent daily routine can be helpful for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Maintaining regular mealtimes, medication schedules, and engaging in familiar activities can provide a sense of structure and familiarity. We will provide the primary contact with two tools to help with daily routine. One of the tools is our “Get to Know Me” form and the other is a “Weekly Task Form”.

Personal care:

Our certified nurse assistants and home health aides help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting. Patience and a calm approach are important during these activities, as individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia may experience confusion or resistance. We have aides that are specifically trained to provide this type of care.

Medication reminders:

Medication reminders play a crucial role in ensuring that individuals adhere to their prescribed medication regimen as directed by healthcare professionals. Our caregivers help remind clients to take medications as prescribed by healthcare professionals. By providing timely reminders, medication adherence can be improved, leading to better health outcomes, and enhanced overall well-being.

Cognitive stimulation:

Our nurses engage individuals in mentally stimulating activities to help maintain cognitive function and slow cognitive decline. This can involve puzzles, memory games, reading, listening to music, or engaging in hobbies they enjoy. One thing that we would like to suggest is providing a photo album or pictures of highlights of that person’s life. This can be an enjoyable conversation starter and it encourages the individual to remember these wonderful moments and explain them.

Emotional support:

Provide emotional support and companionship to combat feelings of loneliness and confusion. Active listening, empathy, and validating their emotions are essential in creating a supportive environment. Our caregivers are compassionate, and they can give your loved ones the boost they need to feel happier and more fulfilled.

Nutrition and meal planning:

Our caregivers ensure your loved one is receiving a well-balanced diet by planning nutritious meals and assisting with meal preparation. This can include considering dietary restrictions, encouraging hydration, and promoting healthy eating habits. Our caregivers are also trained in kosher practices.

Social engagement:

Your aide can help encourage social interactions and engagement with others through activities like outings, visits from family and friends, or participation in community programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. We always suggest a walk outside on a wonderful day as it’s very stimulating to see greenery, flowers and smell the fresh air. We understand this sometimes has to be done by taking baby steps and we’re here to help with the progression.

Respite care:

Caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia may require breaks to prevent burnout. Arrange respite care services to provide temporary relief and support for primary caregivers. Our team is an approved provider of care in The ARC Montgomery County’s consortium of respite providers.

Transportation to and from appointments:

Maintain regular communication with healthcare professionals involved in the individual’s care to stay updated on their condition, address any concerns, and seek guidance on managing symptoms or challenges.

Let our Alzheimer’s and dementia experts help you at home

Remember, each person’s needs may vary, so it’s important to tailor the home care approach to the individual’s specific requirements and preferences. Consulting with healthcare professionals and seeking support from organizations specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia care can provide additional guidance and resources.

Call us today if you’re interested in our Alzheimer’s and dementia care support. Our specialists are standing by to answer all your questions. Call (301) 816-5020 for your free consultation.

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