When a loved one is diagnosed with a dementia-related illness, it is life-changing.
Each year, nearly 10 million people are diagnosed with dementia. The word “dementia” is often used as an umbrella term for many cognitive impairment diseases such as Alzheimer’s. All forms of dementia involve changes in memory, thinking, and reasoning that are significant enough to interfere with an individual’s daily life.
In the early stages of dementia, many people can live at home, independently, as they did before their diagnosis with some or little help from family and friends. However, as the disease progresses, additional support often becomes necessary. The affected person may experience changes in how they react to their environment and eventually undergo a decline in physical mobility and abilities.
While the condition is progressive and incurable, developing a plan of care that focuses on loved one’s abilities and not their decline is of the utmost importance.
While choosing a facility for memory care is an option, around-the-clock home memory care is a common alternative as many clients living with cognitive impairment would prefer staying in the comfort of their home. Most seniors have lived in the same house for years. Home is familiar and safe to them. Moving can be emotionally challenging and taxing at this point in their lives. The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale was right when she said, “There’s no place like home.”
One-on-one Around-the-Clock Care
If you decide to place your loved one in a memory care facility, they won’t receive the personal, one-on-one around the clock care you would experience if you choose in-home memory care.
“Many of our clients and their families who choose home care for their memory care needs tell us they prefer the one-on-one interaction we offer,” says Maia Bachmeier, Owner, and President of Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear. “If they choose a memory care facility, they do not receive that type of personal, customized care as their staff needs to manage plans for many patients.”
Although the disease progresses, Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear allows your loved one to be as independent as they can be for as long as they can be. The in-home memory care goal is to strengthen overall well-being and to allow your loved one to live as full of a life as possible.
Quickly Recognizing When Care Modification is Needed
Because your loved one is receiving one-on-one, around-the-clock care at home, the level of care can be easily modified as the disease progresses.
Bachmeier adds, “Because our caregivers are only focusing on one patient at a time, they become like a part of the family. They can easily notice when your loved one has a bad day, has a good day, or needs a modification of care soon or immediately. This is something you can’t get from a facility.”
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or you have noticed a decline in cognitive impairment that has raised concern for your loved one living alone, contact Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear to schedule a complimentary Discovery Visit. Our skilled home care professionals understand the disease and its unfortunate and challenging progression. In addition, we will customize a more holistic plan of care that focuses on your loved one’s quality of life with safety and comfort as our top priorities.