Although scores of senior loved ones are dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, an even greater number of family members are trying to cope with taking care of them. Surprisingly, nearly 75% of family care providers are managing their older loved ones’ dementia care needs alone, with only 26% reaching out for professional care support.
Of course, families want to do all they possibly can in order to meet their loved ones’ needs, but dementia caregiving can lead to an exceptionally high level of both mental and physical stress. This takes a toll on the caretakers’ own health and wellbeing over time, especially once the disease advances. And many family caregivers think there is an all-or-nothing strategy: either manage their loved one’s needs in the home, or confront moving him or her into residential care.
Harmony Home Health & Hospice, fortunately, has a solution that’s beneficial to seniors with dementia as well as their family caregivers: the addition of an expert in-home dementia caregiver to provide home healthcare services. Here is why we consider dementia care in the home to be ideal:
- Highly trained care. Because our care providers are both trained and knowledgeable about the many intricate areas of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, they can proactively handle and more effectively manage even the most difficult of behaviors, like wandering, aggression, sundowning, and much more.
- Enhanced safety. The chance of accidents is elevated for those with dementia. Even something as seemingly straightforward as helping your senior loved one into the shower or onto the toilet can create a dangerous fall risk. Skilled caregivers know how to watch for and prevent falls, keeping both you and your family member safe from personal injury.
- Sustainable aging in place. Many times, family caregivers become so overwhelmed wanting to meet each one of a senior loved one’s needs in conjunction with their own that a transfer to a residential dementia care facility seems to be inevitable. Yet working with a knowledgeable dementia care provider opens up the possibility of long-term, effective care at home.
- Peace of mind. Understanding your family member is in skilled hands means that you can take a breath, relax, and step away from the challenges of caregiving for the much-needed breaks that alleviate stress and also the prospect of caregiver burnout and depression.
It is better to look into in-home dementia care choices as early in the disease as you can, to allow for an even more seamless transition and to be sure that your loved one gets the most effective home healthcare from the very beginning. Call us at 1-877-I-NEED-CARE to learn more about our Salt Lake City in home care and the surrounding communities we serve.