If you have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, planning for the future is critical. These pervasive conditions progress over time, eventually preventing the person with Alzheimer’s from carrying out the basic tasks of daily life.
If you plan to keep your loved one at home for as long as possible, it’s never too early to develop an in-home care plan. If you and/or other family members plan to act as caregivers for your loved one, you might be able to provide the support they need for months or years, depending on the progression of the disease.
However, when the time comes that family caregivers can no longer provide the support and assistance that’s necessary, consider seeking outside help. In Rockville and the surrounding areas, Comfort Home Care is a trusted in-home Alzheimer’s care provider. Our services help people with dementia remain safely and comfortably in their homes as long as possible.
When Is In-Home Dementia Care Necessary?
In the early stages of dementia, your loved one may simply become forgetful. You can assist them with reminders and other strategies. In many cases, it’s possible to live alone with early-stage dementia. Eventually, however, your loved one may become lost more easily. They may lose their ability to drive or safely cook their own meals.
Making the decision that a loved one can no longer live alone is difficult, especially for the person with dementia. Family caregivers can help ease the transition, but family members don’t always have the ability to meet these demands.
Fortunately, you have many options for professional home healthcare services for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Types of In-Home Alzheimer’s Care
There are many types of in-home care. The right type for you will depend on the needs of your loved one.
In the early stages of dementia, companion care may be appropriate. Companion care is a form of basic supervision which can involve activities such as reading, playing games, chatting, exercising or simply keeping the person company.
As dementia progresses, however, your loved one will lose the ability to handle the tasks of everyday living, such as bathing, dressing, personal care, eating, etc. When that time arrives, personal care services will be necessary. In the late stages of the disease, however, your loved one is likely to require skilled nursing care if you wish to keep them at home.
How to Choose a Home Healthcare Provider
Choosing an elder care provider can be challenging. Making the right decision is critical for the safety and well-being of your loved one.
As a first step in choosing a provider, make a list of your loved one’s needs for care and support. This will help you answer questions and explain your needs to prospective providers. After an introductory call, ensure that the provider will visit the home to assess the needs of your loved one.
Ultimately, you will have to determine which senior homecare provider can, in conjunction with family caregivers, best provide for your loved one’s needs.
In Rockville and the surrounding areas of Maryland, Comfort Home Care provides compassionate in-home care services for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Contact us today to learn more.