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Memory (Dementia) Care
Dementia and mental decline are not considered a normal part of the aging process, but they are common as people reach their twilight years. Dementia isn’t a specific disease. Rather, it’s a group of symptoms associated with cognitive decline that is severe enough to interfere with an individual’s capacity to perform the activities of daily living. There are many causes of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and patients experience a range of types and degrees of symptoms. At Placita In Home Care, our highly trained caregivers can help individuals with dementia stay in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible.
Responses to Dementia Behaviors
Patients in the mid-to-late stages of dementia may begin to display some behavioral and personality changes. These changes are attributable to the way in which dementia affects the brain. Regardless of the cause, it can be alarming for family members to witness these behaviors and challenging to respond to them in a calming, soothing way. The trained caregivers at Placita In Home Care are experts in handling dementia behaviors. We use a positive approach to help individuals with dementia enjoy quality of life despite their challenges. If you’ve noticed any of the following dementia-related behaviors in your loved one, it may be time to consider an in-home caregiver:
- Belligerent or aggressive speech or behaviors
- Delusions, suspicions, and paranoia
- Confusion about the place or time
- Anxiety and agitation
- Sundowning and sleep issues
Patients who are in the early stages of dementia can benefit from getting out in the community. Social hours, interest clubs, art classes, and continuing education opportunities are all examples of activities that can promote mental and emotional wellbeing in dementia patients. However, it may not be safe or practical for these individuals to participate in activities by themselves, and family members may not always be able to take them. The trained caregivers of Placita In Home Care always look forward to providing respectful and loving companionship to seniors with dementia. Our caregivers can help individuals participate in community activities, which may help mitigate the effects of cognitive decline. Each caregiver at our agency is guaranteed to have:
- A current, valid driver’s license
- Proof of car insurance
- An approved DMV records check
Incontinence is a common symptom of many types of dementia, particularly in the later stages. At Placita In Home Care, we understand how important it is for patients to receive dignified, respectful toileting assistance. Our caregivers are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve the individual’s quality of life—based on a caregiver’s observations, he or she may recommend changes to the environment that may minimize incontinence. One example is the relocation of furniture that may obstruct the person’s path to the bathroom. Our caregivers are also trained to use respectful language when providing toileting assistance.