Alzheimer's & Dementia Care
Serving Northbrook, Highland Park & Surrounding Areas
Alzheimer’s currently affects an estimated 5 million Americans and
the number is expected to reach nearly 15 million by mid-century. Approximately
two thirds of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia are
cared for at home by family, usually a spouse. As the disease progresses
it carries with it a tremendous burden-both physically and psychologically-on
the family members who are providing the care.
It is important that the family
caregiver seek outside help if they feel they are becoming overwhelmed from the
strain of care as the disease progresses. The strain can easily become
intolerable for a spouse trying to cope all alone at home with an Alzheimer’s
sufferer, leading to injuries or illness for the caregiver themselves.
There should be no shame or guilt in seeking respite from a professional
home care agency. By doing so, families can delay having to place the
individual in a long term care facility and instead, keep their loved
ones in the comfort of their own home.
How Can LifeCare Help?
LifeCare utilizes a training program specifically geared toward providing
care for Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers in a home setting. The
training is designed to educate health care paraprofessionals and family
members about the disease and train them how to provide safe and effective
care at home. Our training program is structured to educate staff about
the early symptoms recognition, physiology of the illness, the importance
and key components of a dementia evaluation, risk factors, progression
of Alzheimer’s disease, emotional and behavioral changes, and interventions.
LifeCare caregivers are trained on how to handle erratic behaviors, such
as aggression, anxiety/ agitation, confusion, suspicion, wandering, and
trouble with sleep. Our team of caregivers and nurses stays in close contact
with the client’s family members and the treating physician to develop
an initial care plan that addresses disease progression provides for plan
Call our office at 888-286-7554 to learn more about our services and qualifications.
Tips on Responding to Alzheimer Behaviors
While it can by trying, put these 10 tips to work in your care:
- Always stay flexible and maintain your patience
- Determine if physical pain is a trigger
- Try to respond to the individual’s emotion, not their actions
- Avoid trying to argue with them or convince them of things
- Employ the use of memory aids when possible
- Give attention to their requests or questions and respond
- Try to investigate the reason behind their behaviors
- Meet with a doctor to identify if any medications or illness are triggering behaviors
- Don’t take your loved one’s behavior personally
- Be open and share your experiences with others in similar positions