Elderly woman with Alzheimer's smiles sitting in a wheelchair while speaking to a home care aide.

How Elderly Home Care Can Help with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

When a parent, other family member or loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, life changes quickly for everyone, and questions abound: How can I care for the person? What kinds of activities does he or she need? Are they safe to be left home alone? Elderly home care is the choice many families make when faced with questions like these.

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by a number of symptoms and behavioral changes including

  • Loss of memory
  • Judgment that is impaired
  • Losing track of time and geography
  • Trouble solving problems
  • Difficulty in planning
  • Becoming less social and outgoing

The elderly home care services that Visiting Angels provides to individuals with Alzheimer’s focuses on helping the person to maintain as much dignity and independence as possible. We also are able to offer those who live in the home necessary periods of respite at times when they need it most.

Family members caring for a person with Alzheimer’s often are concerned about bringing an “outsider” into their home for caregiving services. The idea of initiating elderly home care may trouble them because they worry that the caregiver is either untrustworthy or not fully trained. Visiting Angels solves both of these concerns.

Every caregiver/companion we send into homes has been fully screened and background-checked. They truly love the work they do and are dedicated to our mission of providing the absolute highest quality of elderly home care available anywhere.

As to training, we’ve formed a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to offer an AFA training and qualification program to our elderly home care providers who work with Alzheimer’s patients. We’re the first organization of our kind in North America to provide this type of program.

How we can help you

Our trained caregivers bring many benefits to those with Alzheimer’s and their families and loved ones. Your elderly home care provider will work with the individual and help them understand their changing behaviors to the greatest extent possible. We know the nutritional needs of the people we work with and will prepare good-tasting and nutritious meals for them.

Additionally, we’ll engage the individual in activities that keep his or her mind stimulated and that encourage interaction with others rather than pulling away. Elderly home care seeks to help the person maintain as much of a normal life as they can for as long as they can.

Another very important service elderly home care workers provide is maintaining a safe home setting. Because those with Alzheimer’s aren’t always fully aware of their environment, spills on the floor, sharp objects, open doors and the like can lead to accidents or worse. We become that “second set of eyes.”

If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s, Visiting Angels can help by providing elderly home care services on any schedule you require.

If you're interested in more information about how in-home care can help your senior loved ones, contact your nearest Visiting Angels office today or call 800-365-4189.
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