This is a guest post by Erin Warbrook.
Dementia isn’t a disease that affects a single person. Dementia affects an entire family. The overpowering emotions that come with being diagnosed with dementia or hearing that a loved one is diagnosed with dementia can include fear, anger, and frustration. Still, however devastating a dementia diagnosis is, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence.
With proper care, individuals living with dementia can go on living productive lives for quite some time after their diagnosis. Having a qualified, compassionate home service to offer evidence-based support during the challenges that dementia brings can make all the difference.
Dementia Symptoms and Stages
According to the Mayo Clinic, dementia is a term used to refer to several symptoms of aging. However, one common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. The most often cited symptom of dementia is a loss of memory and confusion. People with dementia might not remember where they’ve left items of value, where they live, or the names of close family members and friends whom they see every day. In some cases, people who have dementia suffer from a shift in personality or attitude. They may become angry, agitated, and/or childlike. This can be equally frustrating and sad for family members and friends who watch the people they love turn into people they don’t know.
Eventually, people who have dementia will not be able to live alone because they will forget how to function. People who have dementia are likely to leave ovens on, pilot lights out, and make other household and independent living mistakes that could cost them their lives or harm others. Fortunately, with home services, people who suffer from dementia can enjoy staying in the home they love while getting the care they need.
Home Services Aid Dementia Patients
“Home services” is a term that describes care at home medical services that qualified medical professionals provide to dementia patients. Dementia patients require a combination of medical and living assistance care. For this reason, it is important to choose a home services provider that is licensed to provide medical care. Home services professionals provide a number of different kinds of care to the dementia patient.
– Home services professionals provide medical care. According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals with dementia are typically prescribed Cholinesterase inhibitors and Memantine, along with other medications, to reduce symptoms. Because dementia patients are generally elderly, they may also receive medications for other conditions. Further, frequent testing of vitals and other indicators may be necessary to ensure medication is helping and not harming the patient. Home health services professionals dispense medication and oversee the health of their patients. They are also trained in identifying warning signs of disease complication.
– Home service professionals provide living assistance, including personal care and housekeeping assistance. They also ensure patients are eating a well-balanced and healthy diet and that food is prepared safely. Home services professionals are the extra eyes and ears that prevent dementia sufferers from leaving windows open in the winter or stoves on that could cause harm. They allow the patient a degree of independence while caring for his or her safety.
– Home service professionals liaise with medical professionals and family members. By having one person managing the dementia patient’s care, it is easier to streamline care and ensure proper care is being given. Records regarding medication use, doctor’s orders, sleep, nutrition, and other factors are the responsibility of the home service provider.
Home Services Aid the Family
Dementia is hard on the whole family. It is emotionally and physically taxing to watch a loved one suffer. Home services professionals are the trusted eyes and ears that give the family peace of mind that their loved ones are safe. They are also the medical professionals who can give family members the sound updates they need about their loved one’s health.
Home services allow dementia patients to stay comfortable in their own homes while ensuring their safety. Trained medical professionals, they benefit the entire family by relieving the stress of at home care.
Author Bio: Erin Warbrook is a freelance writer from Perth, WA who specialises in writing about seniors’ health care and family lifestyle issues. She is writing on behalf of the Brightwater Group, who manage aged care facilities in Perth, that can assist with home care, as well as residential homes should at home care not be available. Connect with Erin on Twitter @erinwarbrook.