Dementia

How Home Health Can Minimize Dementia Symptoms that Interfere with Independence

As we age, the risk of cognitive diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s becomes increasingly relevant.  Dementia symptoms reveal themselves in the form of slowed motor skills, worsened memory, and difficulty speaking; in the absence of intervention, these can progress rapidly.  Addressing and treating symptoms proactively is key to slowing the progression alongside with maintaining your independence.  That’s where home health care comes in. The Aegis Home Health team can provide patients with strategies for living with these diseases while working to help keep independence as long as possible.

 

Although there are medications and methods to slow the progression of dementia, there is no cure. It is vital to recognize the stages of these diseases to begin proper treatment as soon as possible. Motor skills and memory are often the first to be affected, but with further progression, the patient can experience increased anxiety, incontinence, and the threat of wandering.  These progressed symptoms are the ones that can really jeopardize your independence due the safety and self-care risks they pose. 

 

Aegis Home Health utilizes the patient’s residual memories and familiarity to maintain independence.  For example, locating the bathroom and using familiar fixtures is second nature, which can help with continence management. Our care team can offer strategies and adaptations for patients and caregivers to navigate challenges like communication, wandering, and home safety. Such support in a familiar environment, tailored to patients’ own needs and preferences can set them up for success with activities of daily living and better symptom management.

 

It is possible to remain cognitive, mobile, and independent late into our lives even while living with dementia, but doing so depends on early recognition, intervention, and support. Ask your physician if you are concerned about dementia risk for yourself or a loved one, or download our guide on dementia and independence.

Aegis Home Health professionals are trained to help patients and caregivers cope with the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s while tailoring programs to address the specific needs of your loved one. Call 480-219-4790 to speak with a Home Care Specialist about home health care services.

 

 

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