24 Dec How to Meet the Needs of your Loved One Suffering from Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s Dementia is a disease that progressively worsens over time–affecting one’s memory and his cognitive functions. If you’ve ever been a caregiver for someone with this disease, you know how hard it can be as your loved one may forget basic activities, becomes easily agitated or moody, or struggles to focus on simple tasks. It’s hard seeing someone you’ve known and loved for so long seem like an entirely different person.
Caregiving and Alzheimer’s
There’s no doubt about it–caregiving is a big job, and one of the toughest ones out there. Not only is it challenging physically, but it can be mentally straining as well.
Many family member caregivers struggle with the daily demands and challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Dementia. This can be harmful to their health as the physical and mental exhaustion can lead to social isolation, high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Alzheimer’s is not an unfamiliar disease as it affects nearly 47 million people worldwide, with over 5 million residing in the United States. At Aegis Hospice and Home Care, our experienced team of medical professionals understands this disease well. We are familiar with the struggles patients with Alzheimer’s endure, and are equipped with the necessary skills to ensure your loved one receives the care and comfort they need.
Key Components to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s
Because someone suffering from Alzheimer’s may experience an array of struggles including cognitive decline, behavioral tendencies, psychological disorders, physiological changes, and jumbled speech, caregiving for them can become complex. Fortunately, our skilled nurses meet these requirements and play a vital role in caring for your loved one with Alzheimer’s. They help with a variety of duties including:
- Helping the patient maintain his/her independence
- Helping the patient with grooming/bathing
- Providing educational support for both the patient and the family of the patient
- Supporting and encouraging the patient with physical exercises
- Improving mental health through compassionate service and brain stimulation
- Encouraging social activity
- Setting realistic and achievable goals for the patient
Nurses also bring a plethora of knowledge to the table when it comes to caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Because they are equipped with the early signs and symptoms of dementia, they can often detect it early–which can aid in providing more accurate treatment. They also understand how the disease progresses and how medications work–proving to be a valuable liaison with family members.
What Aegis Can Offer YOU
The meaningful, warm connections that our medical professionals provide are central to the high quality care we offer at Aegis Hospice and Home Care. Our staff is warm, friendly, and knows how to communicate with patients in a meaningful way, all while helping patients feel important, safe, and comfortable. The compassion and understanding our team offers helps patients feel valued and comfortable.
In order to ensure that our patients are always top priority, we hand-pick those employees who have a deep love for Arizona and want to make a difference in each patient’s life. We have developed our careers as health care professionals in Arizona to be able to serve you on an individual and personal basis and are determined to provide you with the best health care available.
Because Aegis offers other types of home care, you can have peace of mind knowing that no matter how your care needs change over time, Aegis has care options to meet your needs. Let us help you care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s. Call us at 480-219-4790, or visit our website by clicking here for more information.