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Columbia Glen Burnie, Sykesville, and Howard County

Dementia Care in Columbia

In the past 9 years at Homewatch CareGivers of Columbia we have serviced approximately 600 private pay clients of which 70 % had some form of dementia. More than half of the time the dementia diagnosis was the primary reason we were called to provide home care services. As dementia home care specialists, we are specifically trained in how to respond appropriately and take care of a client with memory impairment issues from the early onset to the end stages of the disease.

While most of our caregivers are experienced in dementia care, all staff receives specialized ongoing dementia-specific training because it’s the most common concern for most of our clients. It all starts with the initial home care evaluations. Part of our process is to get a social history on the client, especially important when providing dementia care. We want to know what’s happened in their life. Is faith important to them? What are their favorite things? Colors, food, music, pets; all the events and interests that shape who they are.  We take all of this into account when we pair a caregiver with a client. 

When someone is diagnosed with dementia it can be overwhelming and hard to know where to turn. Our caregivers receive specialized training that helps them put together a dementia care plan that is specific to the current abilities and stage of dementia. This dementia care plan can and will be modified as the disease progresses and skills change. Our goal is quality of life for you and your family, and we achieve this with a person-centered approach to care.
Dementia is a progressive disease of the brain that affects a person’s ability not only to remember people and experiences, but also how to do simple daily tasks. There are stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, with each requiring different levels of care and assistance. In the first couple of stages of dementia, a person may still be able to function independently despite some memory loss, but by the third and fourth stages of dementia, they will begin to need help with basic chores and getting around. By the fifth or final stages of this disease, someone with dementia cannot function without help.
At Homewatch CareGivers we provide you and your loved one with quality Alzheimer’s care for any stage of this disease. We recognize that Alzheimer’s effects each person differently and therefore we tailor our care to meet your unique needs. Our caregivers are here to help preserve dignity and independence for those who have Alzheimer’s disease, and respite care for the family too.
Pathways to Memory is the Homewatch CareGivers unique approach to dementia care. Pathways to Memory is a coping solution for everyone involved, creating a circle of trust, communication and support. This specialized form of care features one-on-one interaction and attention and provides social interaction and companionship to the person living with dementia. As with all of our care, our goal is quality of life for those living with memory impairment.
Lewy Body Disease (LBD) is one of the most common causes of dementia, and is also called Lewy Body dementia. The symptoms of Lewy Body Disease are similar to Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and therefore people with LBD will have care needs as they lose their cognitive abilities and physical functions. The Lewy Body Dementia Association recommends that family of those with LBD research caregiving support before it becomes a need. Our trained caregivers can help to reduce anxiety, assist with daily activities and be there for you and your loved ones after a diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies.