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Fairfax Serving Fairfax and Arlington Counties and the City of Alexandria

Dementia Care

Dementia can be very frustrating for those living with it and for the person’s family and friends. Dementia whether from Alzheimer’s or otherwise can cause dramatic mood swings and personality changes. The loved one’s behaviors change and how he or she handles situations can be very different from how they did in the past.  Memories become distorted or lost. They become easily confused and frustrated. 

Homewatch CareGivers in Fairfax has caregivers that are trained to handle and help family members with the loved one’s troubling behaviors. Patience above all else is needed.  Sometimes a little therapeutic fibbing is required as well. If a loved one tells one of our care givers they want to go visit their Mother who the caregiver knows has passed, our caregivers are trained not to contradict the loved one but instead try to tactfully change the topic to another subject. Telling a loved one with dementia that their parent is dead may cause the loved one to grieve again for something that happened in the past.  If the loved one is not distracted, our care givers are trained to use therapeutic fibbing and explain to the loved one that the person is on their way or will be back tomorrow, etc. by which time the loved one will have forgotten they were looking for their parent. Our care givers take pride in coping and helping family members to cope with what the loved one sees as their current reality, without correcting them on things that they won’t remember or the truth can be unpleasant and cause the client frustration and/or grief.

People with dementia often feel isolated, bored and lonely.   Our caregivers are taught that interacting with and learning about the loved one’s past are extremely important for the loved one’s (and the family’s) well-being.   Homewatch CareGivers serving Fairfax and Arlington Counties and the city of Alexandria does a social history - gathering information from the loved one and their family and friends to learn about loved one’s past; including where they lived, where they traveled to, their education, and many other aspects of their lives.  It is important to learn what makes them happy and what makes them sad so the positive can be accentuated and the negative things can be avoided. With this information the caregiver can bring up to the loved one topics to stimulate conversation and pleasant memories and activities they can do together.

We pride ourselves in selecting care givers providing dementia care that are extremely patient, compassionate and non-judgmental. Caregivers that are assigned to our clients with dementia are required to be experienced with others with dementia and take web-based  courses  on dementia and handling the behaviors exhibited by those with dementia that are available on our Homewatch CareGivers University. These same courses are also available if family members want to take them.  

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 in Fairfax we provide you and your loved one with quality Alzheimer’s care for any stage of this disease. We recognize that Alzheimer’s affects 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 in Fairfax 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 services, 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.