Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia can be challenging because their needs evolve and change over time. Our caregivers understand how dementia affects seniors and know how to handle difficult situations. From basic household needs to advanced communication issues, our Philadelphia caregivers have the tools to help your loved one get the care they need and deserve.
What is Alzheimer's and Dementia?
Dementia is a decline in mental ability, such as memory loss or the inability to complete familiar tasks. Often, this is serious enough to interfere with a person's daily life. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia, accounting for most cases in the United States. Our in-home senior care services help people with these symptoms by focusing on what they can still do independently while assisting with tasks that they struggle with. Our specially trained Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers in Philadelphia will:
Support seniors and their loved ones through the changing behaviors that are associated with dementia
Help with personal hygiene, such as bathing
Actively engage the client in activities they enjoy
Maintain a safe home environment
Our Alzheimer's and dementia care plans can be flexible as needs change over time. We always consider the senior's current abilities and preferences and can provide care for just a few hours a week or full-time.
Types of Care for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
There are many benefits to staying in the familiar surroundings of a home for seniors with dementia. Seniors who go through cognitive decline also typically go through many other changes, such as moving or changing their routines. This can be stressful for both the seniors and their loved ones.
Comfort Keepers has many different care services that cater to the unique needs of every senior, from essential companionship to post-hospital care. Our in-home care services for seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia include:
It's common for people with Alzheimer's or dementia to struggle with loneliness and boredom. Boredom in seniors can lead to other behavioral issues such as anxiety, wandering, and agitation. Our companion care services provide seniors extra help around the house and a friend to confide in.
In the advanced stages of Alzheimer's and dementia, seniors often struggle with familiar tasks such as bathing and grooming. While personal care can be a delicate topic for many seniors, our caregivers are trained to offer help with daily routines empathetically. We can help with grooming, bathing, toileting, and anything else your loved one needs to look and feel their best.
Around-the-clock care can benefit everyone, especially seniors who are experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer's or dementia. As the disease progresses, it's common for seniors to sleepwalk or wander throughout the night. Our caregivers can provide constant care to seniors who need extra help during all hours of the day. With our 24-hour care service, our caregivers can help with companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, and personal care routines.
The recovery process isn't over when a senior is discharged from the hospital or returns home after surgery. For Alzheimer's and dementia patients who struggle with new routines, this can be even more difficult to handle independently. Our caregivers can help seniors return to their homes after a hospital stay.
It can be difficult to properly care for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia when unfamiliar with the disease and how it impacts someone's mental state. Our caregivers can step in for family caregivers and give them time to relax, run errands, or go on a vacation. We can provide respite care for however long is needed to ensure that your loved one is well cared for when you can't be there.
Veterans who have Alzheimer's or dementia may need assistance to continue living independently. If you or a loved one has served in the military and has challenges with daily activities, in-home care services may benefit you.
With an interactive approach to caregiving, we always include seniors in their care plans to ensure they are happy with the care they receive. Not only do we help seniors with basic chores, but we also incorporate activities that they enjoy based on their unique personalities.
How We Can Help Your Loved One with Alzheimer's or Dementia
It can sometimes be challenging to decide if it's time for an in-home caregiver for a senior. Suppose your loved one has drastic changes in behavior, struggles to communicate, or experiences incontinence. In that case, it might be time to seek help from an in-home care agency like Comfort Keepers. With our service, your loved one can feel at ease knowing that they will get the care that they need and be able to stay in their own homes. With all the changes that come with an Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis, moving to a senior facility is usually the last thing someone wants to do.
Comfort Keepers provides in-home care services to seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia in Philadelphia, Warminster, Jenkintown, Langhorne, and the surrounding areas. For more information on our team and our services, call us at (215) 672-2195, and we will schedule a free in-home assessment with one of our care coordinators.