Dementia care (for memory loss)
Caring for a person with a memory loss condition, such as Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia or Parkinson’s, requires special skill and understanding. All of our caregivers are trained to communicate in ways that can be easily understood and preserve the dignity of the person with memory loss. In addition to communication skills, our caregivers know how to:
- Provide appropriate stimulation
- Support abilities that your loved one still has
- Create a soothing, dementia-friendly environment
- Identify and avoid triggers for emotional outbursts
- Employ redirection techniques to calm distressing reactions
- Strategize to address sundowning
- Protect against wandering
Dementia Care Services
Everlight Care’s dementia care services seek to empower and encourage your loved one to remain independent in their homes for as long as possible. Our dementia care services at home include:
- Wandering prevention
- Home safety evaluation
- Personal care assistance
- Medication reminders
- Companion care
- Light housekeeping
- Meal planning and preparation
- Respite care
…and any others identified in the dementia home care plan.
People with dementia are prone to wandering away from their place of residence. The danger, of course, is that once a person with dementia has walked away, they may not be able to find their way back home. Interventions for wandering prevention include:
- Training caregivers to keep a close eye on situations
- Installing motion sensors, door sensors, and alarms
- Administering an ID bracelet with contact information
- Activating GPS on the phone to track whereabouts
Home Safety Evaluation
A home safety evaluation helps to identify the areas of the home that can put your loved one at significant risk. Everlight Care uses this home safety evaluation checklist to evaluate the perimeter, and we can help:
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- Install timers on gas stoves and ovens
- Use medication reminder technology
- Install latches on cupboards
- Remove sharp knives
- Remove/disarm firearms
- Remove clutter, throw rugs, and wires
Benefits of Dementia Care
At Everlight Care, we understand that home care for the person with dementia can be intensely challenging for family caregivers. We look for solutions that benefit the individual and their involved families. Trusting your loved one’s dementia care to Everlight Care can help improve your family’s:
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- Finances. Taking time off from work to care for a loved one with dementia can impact your earnings. A dementia home care agency will reduce time off of work and enable better work-life harmony.
- Mental Health. It’s not unusual for family caregivers to feel stress, worry, and guilt when caring for someone with dementia at home. Knowing that your loved one trusts our dementia caregivers will relieve the strain on your mental health.
- Physical Health. Caring for a loved one with dementia can be physically demanding. Your sleeping and eating patterns may be disrupted, and your energy may be drained. Our care managers can help you re-focus on health and well-being.
- Time. Dementia care takes up an enormous amount of time. Hiring a dementia home care agency can help you reclaim quality time you used to spend with your loved one and other important people in your life.
- Relationships. When your loved one has dementia, the relationship between the two of you changes. You may feel embarrassed, resentful, guilty, anxious—or all of those mixed emotions together. Our home care agency can shoulder the responsibilities, so you can reconnect with your loved one as a spouse, parent, or friend again.