How to Navigate Care Options for Different Stages of Alzheimer’s Care
Determining What Type of Care is Best for Dementia Patients
Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other dementia-related conditions may need a tailored, one-on-one care plan delivered by experienced professionals. Individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can encounter varying symptoms.
Some common challenges of Alzheimer's and other dementias include:
- Difficulty concentrating on everyday tasks
- Inability to remember names and faces
- Confusion, anxiety, and withdrawal
- Wandering or “Sundowner’s Syndrome”
- Loss of rational thought processes
- Mobility, speech, and physical impairments
As Alzheimer’s advances, an individual can ultimately become incapable of adequately caring for themselves without professional assistance. Seeking outside assistance during the early stages of dementia can provide needed respite for a family caregiver and begin to get the patient comfortable with other caregivers. Griswold Home Care for Atlanta is ready and eager to lend a helping hand. Our trusted in-home caregivers can provide compassionate care to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
In-Home Alzheimer’s Care is Optimal During the Mild, Early Stages
For individuals suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s or dealing with the initial stages of dementia, staying at home is often the best option. Most elderly individuals favor in-home care, due to the comfort, familiarity, and convenience of living in their own home. It can improve an aging senior’s emotional and mental well-being by allowing them to sleep in the comfort of their own bed and spend their days surrounded by familiar neighbors, friends, and family.
Recent research has substantiated the widespread preference for aging in place. According to a poll conducted by U-M's Institute for Healthcare Policy and supported by the AARP, 88% of adults ages 50 to 80 expressed a preference to live in their homes if possible. It is important to note that only 15% of respondents factored in the challenges of home modifications, and 47% gave home modifications little to no thought.
Memory Care Facilities May be more Appropriate for Advanced Stages of Dementia and Alzheimer's
We believe that individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia are best off aging in place until the elevated care of a full-time facility becomes a necessity.
Knowing when to seek Alzheimer’s care from a Memory Care community is not always easy. Reasons to opt for Memory Care include:
- Inability to keep up with caregiving demands
- A lack of family members/siblings to share caregiving responsibilities
- Safety issues pertaining to living independently in a large home
- Advanced symptoms of cognitive impairment requiring specialized, around-the-clock attention
- Aggressive or combative behavior that may endanger family members or caregivers
Unfortunately, an individual’s autonomy and self-sufficiency will drastically decrease as the disease progresses. Memory Care facilities will provide the safety and medical supervision necessary to care for individuals with severe dementia/Alzheimer’s. Caregivers in such facilities are trained to handle extreme situations.
Prioritize Caregiving That Suits Your Specific & Evolving Needs
At Griswold Home Care for Atlanta, we realize that caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illnesses can be a full-time responsibility. Supervising and monitoring another’s immediate needs is emotionally and physically demanding. This constant responsibility can take a toll on family members and loved ones. Sometimes, even a small amount of outside care can provide the respite needed to recharge and continue providing the needed care. Caregiver burnout is real – caring for a loved one can have a significant psychological impact on the caregiver. Additionally, studies have shown that the impact is not just psychological. Family caregivers with one or more health conditions are significantly more likely to suffer physically as well.
If you’re seeking outside assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We will provide trained and compassionate caregivers to carry out a custom-tailored plan that exactly meets your needs. Griswold provides peace of mind to family members that their loved ones are in good hands, while providing a break that will help them serve their loved one and avoid the fatigue, stress or burnout that often accompanies full-time care.
In addition to typical activities of daily living, our caregivers are equipped to:
- Put a confused client at ease
- Deal with aggressive or combative behavior
- Exercise short-term memory with cognitive activities
- Explore and evoke happy memories
- Adapt to your loved one’s shifting reality
- Comfort and educate family members on the impact of the disease, and coach them to more effective interactions with their loved ones.
Family caregivers need to set aside time to focus on personal priorities and self-care. Our caregivers have experience and training when it comes to caring for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, allowing family members to take that time with the peace of mind that their loved one will be well-cared for.
We’d love to hear more about your specific situation. Griswold Home Care for Atlanta offers personalized, non-medical home care services you can count on to alleviate stress and worry. Book a free consultation today! Our team will discuss your objectives with respective to your loved one’s care. With more than 3 decades serving Atlanta’s seniors, you can rest assured knowing your loved one is in industry-best hands with Griswold Home Care.
Call (404) 567-5208 anytime to learn more about our in-home Alzheimer's and dementia care plans!
If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Atlanta, GA, call Griswold Home Care
and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (404) 567-5208