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Wilmington New Castle, Kent & Sussex County

Dementia Care in Wilmington

Providing dementia care for a loved one suffering from this progressive disease can be very challenging and presents a lot of changes in their lives and their families in Wilmington. Many of Homewatch CareGivers caregivers have years of experience with dementia and have developed tools and strategies to help cope with the difficulties of the disease. About a quarter to one third of our clients suffer from some form of dementia so dealing with the disease is something we specialize in. One caregiver named Betty cared for an 87-year old woman who suffered from dementia. When she started with the woman she noticed how sad she would get because she kept thinking of where she had lived a good portion of her life in downtown Wilmington. The woman had moved from the area many years prior but still insisted that she was supposed to be going back to her old home. Betty the caregiver happened to live by the womans old home. She decided to go down to the home and took a few pictures of the house. She then took the pictures back to the womans home on her next shift. Betty found some old pictures of the home from when her client lived there in her collection of photos. Betty showed her the new pictures alongside the old pictures to help her remember the times she had lived in the home which helped the woman remember stories from her past that she could share with Betty. The pictures helped to calm and cheer up the woman when she got confused about her present living conditions.

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.