Caring for an aging loved one can be extremely challenging. Caring for someone with dementia is an even more complex type of caregiving. It is mentally and emotionally exhausting and extremely time-consuming. Someone with a cognitive issue cannot be left alone and that can create a financial burden among other issues associated with not being able to leave home and feeling exhausted and burned out.
Dementia Care Needs
The care needs will change depending on the stage that your loved one is in. At first, it might be most important to provide reassurance, consistency, companionship, reminders, etc. But as the disease progresses things like dressing and bathing will become more difficult. It will be very important that they have a routine that will keep them on track to eat multiple meals a day and take any necessary medications. Activities are also a great way to help ease the symptoms of cognitive decline. Memory care facilities provide regular activities catered to those with dementia and other types of memory loss.
Who Qualifies for In-Home Care
Home care is not right for everyone. Some would do better in a facility with more skilled staff available at all times. If you decide that you or your loved one are interested in home care you will want to consider a few things.
- What is your budget?
- How many hours a day of care are required?
- What medical needs do you have?
- What time of the day is assistance most needed?
- Do you have insurance and if so, what are their requirements?
While The Gables offers a variety of in-home care services, someone with dementia may need only one or all of them. Having a trained professional in the home at least part of the time can be a huge relief to family caregivers that are just trying their best with the knowledge that they have. For someone suffering from dementia, consistency, and routine are crucial. We can have the same person scheduled to come at the same time so that your loved one can thrive in a safe and familiar environment and build a relationship with their provider. Our in-home care staff can help with:
- House chores
- Yard work
- Meal preparation
- Errands such as grocery shopping
- Dress, bathing, and grooming
- Assisting with ADL’s and so much more.
Visit our website to learn more about our in-home care offerings and service areas.
Caregiver burnout is a huge concern for family members who are caring for someone with dementia in their own home. Whether you need some hours of respite, or a more knowledgeable shoulder to lean on, In-home dementia care is a great way to get assistance from a skilled nursing assistant or nurse.
In-home care offers a wide variety of options that can be customized to fit your family. However, if you need to work full-time, it would probably be best to consider moving your loved one to a full-time memory care facility.