Comfort Keepers of Fort Myers, FL, understands families' challenges while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, particularly when it involves ensuring they are safe in their home. Our experienced caregivers offer the necessary physical, cognitive, and emotional assistance that our clients need, allowing them to maintain their independence and continue their standard of living without having to relocate to an assisted living facility.
With the help of Comfort Keepers, your loved one can continue to live in the Comfort of their own home. Our mission is to bring necessary and well-deserved Alzheimer's and dementia care to seniors in all circumstances. By having the help of a professional caregiver in Fort Myers, you can rest assured that your loved one is being looked after, ensuring peace of mind within the familiar surroundings of home.
Our Alzheimer's and dementia care plan includes:
Specially trained caregivers
Education to better understand Alzheimer's and dementia
Tasks are built into the care plan and created for a senior's interests to engage them physically, mentally, and emotionally.
We understand Alzheimer's disease, the symptoms of dementia, how it affects behavior, and that it progresses at different rates for each individual. Our dedicated care team creates and follows an individualized care plan focusing on physical and mental needs and goals.
How Comfort Keepers Caregivers Can Help with Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
Our caregivers in Fort Myers are carefully selected for their compassionate nature, extensively trained to assist seniors with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia and encouraged to find meaningful ways to improve clients' and loved ones' lives.
Our caregivers also implement the Comfort Keepers Interactive Caregiving™ approach. Through Interactive Caregiving, we connect with our clients, gaining insight into their preferences, dislikes, and significant life experiences. This allows us to incorporate activities that stimulate cognitive or physical engagement. A bond is formed between our clients and caregivers, often enjoying music from the senior's favorite era, reading books together, or doing memory exercises such as looking at old photographs.
Our compassionate caregivers provide the following:
One-on-one care that focuses on both physical and emotional needs
Engaging activities that seniors enjoy
Communication with the clients' loved ones and their current care team
Continued support for doctor-prescribed nutrition and exercise programs
Companionship, personal care, and other needs
Early Stages of Alzheimer's and Dementia
The early stages are the best time to start developing a long-term care plan for your loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. You can do this by doing things such as:
Putting legal documents in order
Discussing with your loved one about who will be their power of attorney and having that person responsible for financial decisions
Planning for the cost of care for your loved one's needs
Creating an emergency contact list
While navigating through the stages of Alzheimer's or dementia can be challenging, this doesn't mean the fun is over for you and your loved one. This is the perfect time to bond by playing games, enjoying home-cooked meals, or going through old photo albums. By creating a routine with your loved one, you will get them used to living with their condition and be able to support them better as new challenges arise.
Moderate Stages of Alzheimer's and Dementia
The moderate stage of Alzheimer's and dementia typically lasts the longest. Providing in-home care at this stage will take everyone's time, patience, and expertise. During this time, your loved one can expect to experience changes in:
Emotions, including anger, depression, frustration, or paranoia
Behaviors such as shouting, hitting, wandering, and getting lost
Difficulties expressing themselves verbally
Difficulties in comprehending words
Challenges with coordination, spatial awareness, motor, and bladder control
When you provide Alzheimer's and dementia care to your loved one, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Having the help of a professional caregiver can help you take the time you need to tend to your own needs. Our compassionate caregivers can provide seniors with personal care, companionship, 24-hour care, respite care, and much more.
Late Stages of Alzheimer's and Dementia
When your loved one reaches late-stage Alzheimer's or dementia, they will likely need around-the-clock care to ensure they are well cared for and safe in their home. At this time, they are likely to lose the ability to do things they were once able to do quickly, such as swallowing or walking, and may face more medical issues, including weight loss or seizures.
While it might be your job to care for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, it's also important to remember to take care of yourself. Seeking professional help from a caregiver can help you and your loved one maintain your well-being and quality of life. Comfort Keepers offers various memory care services in Fort Myers and home care options for your loved one.
Our Comfort Keepers Caregivers Can Help
At Comfort Keepers of Fort Myers, we are here to help you provide specialized care for your loved one as their Alzheimer's or dementia progresses. By getting help from a professional caregiver, you are doing your best to care for your loved one and yourself. We offer in-home care services in Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and surrounding areas. For more information, call Comfort Keepers at (239) 590-8999 for a complimentary care consultation to discuss our in-home Alzheimer's and dementia care services and how we can help.