Alzheimer's In-Home Care Options


The signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can present in various ways. Some people may only exhibit mild memory loss, while others may display severe anxiety, disorientation, depression, and even combativeness. While some people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease can still live independently, as the disease progresses, in-home care may be necessary. If your loved one has Alzheimer's disease and needs help with their daily living activities, consider these Alzheimer's in-home care options.

Skilled Care Options

If your loved one is unable to self-administer their injections or perform their own wound care because of cognitive decline, then an Alzheimer's in-home care provider can help. Home care agencies employ licensed employees such as registered nurses and physical therapists to suit the individual needs of the patients. Skilled care providers can also maintain feeding tubes and tracheostomies and monitor the effects of medications.

When you are interviewing an in-home care provider, be sure to tell them that your loved one has skilled care needs and make sure that the provider is licensed by the state in which the patient lives. If you are not sure which type of skilled care your loved one requires, the home care agency can coordinate the services with the patient's primary care physician. 

Homemaker And Personal Care Options

Other Alzheimer's in-home care options include homemaker services and personal care services. Homemaker services include helping the individual with meal preparation, household chores, and shopping. If your loved one needs help with their personal care, the Alzheimer's in-home care provider can help them with dressing, going to the bathroom, bathing, grooming, and eating.

Depending on the level of your loved one's physical and cognitive limitations, the caregiver can either offer minimal assistance with activities of daily living or provide extensive assistance. If the individual needs extensive assistance, the Alzheimer's in-home care provider will dress, feed, and bathe your loved one.

It is important to note, that Alzheimer's patients can become confused and even fearful when receiving assistance from caregivers. Because of this, the in-home care provider will explain everything they are doing in a calm and reassuring manner. 

If your loved one has Alzheimer's or another type of dementia and cannot live independently anymore, consider the above benefits that an Alzheimer's in-home care provider can offer. When your loved one feels safe and well-cared for, they may be able to cope better with their limitations and thrive in the home that they love.


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