Comfort Care for Alzheimer's Disease in South Dayton, Centerville, OH and Nearby Communities

Visiting Angels Offers Quality Comfort Care for Seniors with Alzheimer's Disease in Centerville, Dayton, Xenia, Springboro, Miamisburg, and Surrounding Areas

In America, there are more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. A progressive, degenerative brain disorder that is fatal, Alzheimer’s causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. It can be overwhelming – even frightening – to get an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. However, there are several steps you can take to make this process easier on loved ones and family members.

As of yet, there is no cure for the condition – but here are a number of therapies and treatments available that can improve quality of life, by lessening symptoms and delaying their onset. If you believe someone you care about my have signs of Alzheimer’s disease, it is imperative to be proactive and get your loved one to a doctor for an assessment. The sooner you act, the faster a comfort care plan can be implemented.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or at work
  • Confusion about time and place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment when making decisions
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood or personality

Should you or a loved one display any of these signs, it’s essential to get to a doctor immediately for an evaluation. While certain factors are the mere result of aging, don’t mistake Alzheimer’s symptoms as the normal progress of time – there’s a difference between basic forgetfulness and memory loss.

Care For Alzheimer’s

In the event of a diagnosis, being proactive goes a long way to ensure care for your loved one. Certain decisions will need to be made, so you can better manage the disease. Here are a few basic steps to help if you or someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s:

  • Educate yourself: learn as much as you can online and by talking to people. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the Alzheimer’s Association are two great resources.
  • Decide what will happen in the future, right now: address financial, legal and long-term comfort care planning issues. As well, talk to your loved one about end-of-life care wishes.
  • Use cognitive stimulation: when possible, employ the use of these techniques to provide a positive environment for your loved one – listening to music, word puzzles and memory games are all useful practices.
  • Arrange for respite care: comfort care is essential for patients living with Alzheimer’s. But for the family members who are primary caregivers, respite care is equally imperative to ease the stress and exhaustion of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s – that is why Visiting Angels offers comfort care and respite care programs for all of our clients.
  • Build a support system: remember, you are not alone – so turn to your support system in times of need, when you’re feeling overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted. At Visiting Angels, we are here to help you and your family, so don’t hesitate to call us when comfort care or respite care is needed.

For more information on our Alzheimer's services and dementia care, call Visiting Angels of South Dayton today at 937-813-6568 or use our online request form. 

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