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Always Best Care | Aug 31, 2022
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that impacts virtually every aspect of an individual’s life. While you want to ensure that your aging parent is well cared for, it can be difficult to predict their needs because sometimes they are fully alert and oriented, and other times they are confused and disoriented. In-home care can be an effective way of providing them with the support they need, when they need it.
In-Home Care Provides Stability
Allowing your aging parent to continue living in their own home for as long as possible helps them to maintain routines in a familiar environment. They are comfortable in their house, and they know where things are. Moving them to assisted living or a nursing home may create more confusion and frustration for them, especially if they do not require that level of care.
Services are Flexible
You can schedule a caregiver to come during the times when your loved one most needs it, whether that is first thing in the morning, during the evening, or throughout the day. They may come a few hours a week or a few hours a day. A caregiver can provide the level of support your senior needs as well, allowing them to remain as independent as possible and stepping in to assist as necessary.
Caregivers can work with seniors to maintain a safer home environment and reduce fall risks. They can assist with light housekeeping, organization, meal preparation, medication reminders, bathing, dressing, and running errands. While at the home, they can look for potential risks such as cords or clutter obstructing walkways, unsecured rugs, or burned-out lightbulbs. A caregiver can also help to prevent wandering and escort your loved one on outings should they become confused.
In-Home Care Offers Companionship
A caregiver can sit with your senior and talk, whether they are discussing current events or remembering times past. They can help your loved one work through moments of confusion, anxiety, and forgetfulness, providing reassurance and support. In addition, they can assist seniors with sticking to their routine and staying active throughout the day, so they do not throw off their sleep schedule with long naps.
In-home care can cover your loved one’s needs during times when you or other family members or friends are unable to be there. Caregivers work with you to understand your aging parent’s unique needs, abilities, and goals to provide the right level of care and support. Partner with a caregiver who is experienced in working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and can adjust to their changing needs.