Home care can provide a safe and supportive environment for those living with declining mental and physical health.
For most people, home is the epicenter of their lives. It is a place of comfort filled with a lifetime of memories. Although caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia can quickly become overwhelming, family members are often reluctant to displace their loved one from the home they know and love. Home care, which includes a range of services provided in the patient’s home rather than a care facility, can offer the best of both worlds for people living with declining mental and physical health.
Home care recipients receive one-on-one care and attention. Depending on the stage of the disease and other factors, caregivers can provide services ranging from companionship to personal care and meal preparation. Loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia in particular benefit from more supervision to track changes in symptoms, avoid hazards, and monitor medication schedules.
Because the severity of symptoms for Alzheimer’s or Dementia patients can vary over time, flexibility is advantageous. Wandering and the risk for falls and injury can become real concerns as the disease progresses. Therefore, an experienced home care agency will customize a care plan for the individual and their family that scales up and down as necessary to create a safe, supportive environment.
A Better Quality of Life
Receiving home care in an environment filled with familiar items and memories may slow cognitive decline and reduce confusion and memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. One study by Norwegian researchers found that Dementia patients receiving home care experienced fewer mobility issues and had higher activity levels than patients living in long-term care facilities.
Do you have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia that could benefit from home care?