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Dementia Care

A great example of someone who excels in dementia home care is a member of our Boulder Homewatch CareGivers team, Julie Duran. Julie has worked with J., a vibrant woman with early-onset Alzheimer's, for some time, and J’s family nominated Julie for the Alzheimer’s Association Sugarman Excellence in Caregiving Award. Here is what J's daughter shared about their special partnership:

"It can be tricky to introduce a new person to someone with dementia. Julie distinguished herself right at the beginning, treating Mom as a loved, respected member of the family. Mom does not always bond with new caregivers, but she took to Julie immediately. They laugh, dance, kid around and have a wonderful time together. Mom has even been able to remember Julie's name at times, which is no small feat as Mom sometimes cannot remember names of lifelong friends and family. Julie is enthusiastic, positive, protective and ever caring of Mom. She plans adventures to keep mom occupied and active in life, to enjoy every minute that she can. A few examples: she has taken Mom to the Butterfly Pavillion and to Rocky Mountain National Park to enjoy the fall colors and the elk, and they have 'pajama parties' every time Julie sleeps overnight with Mom. Julie sends pictures to me of their adventures… this provides great happiness to our extended family, knowing that Mom continues to have the best possible quality of life in the face of this sad disease.” This is just one example of how Homewatch CareGivers of Boulder can care for your loved one.

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.