In-Home Alzheimer’s Care
Serving Patients Throughout Fairfield County, CT
At Home Care Connectors, our mission is to provide compassionate in-home health care services to our clients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It isn’t always a pretty picture when it comes to this disease. It takes patience, sympathy, and respect for human dignity to move through the stages of care that is necessary for a patient with Alzheimer’s. With Home Care Connectors, you don’t have to navigate treatment for your loved one alone. Our certified in-home senior caregivers are highly trained and experienced. We are committed to ensuring that each patient gets the care that is specific to their needs and promotes as much independence as possible with a high focus on quality of life. Whether you need a live-in certified nursing assistant or a private duty aide to provide services in an assisted living facility, we’re here for you.
How to Care for an Alzheimer’s Patient
We focus on reducing scenarios that will cause frustration for our patients. One way to do this is to keep a consistent schedule with a daily routine that can still be flexible for those times when your loved one is less alert and refreshed. Patience is key, as Alzheimer’s patients often need extra breaks and simple tasks can take longer than they once did as a result.Independence Is Important
While it might be frustrating to wait it out and allow the patient to do things on his/her own, it is important to involve the person as much as possible with the least amount of assistance. This gives them purpose and reduces frustration by giving them some independence. Giving them some simple choices throughout the day can also help. This includes things like giving them two different options for lunch to choose from or asking whether they prefer to go for a walk or do a puzzle. Keep in mind that tasks throughout the day should have simple, easy-to-follow instructions. This way frustration levels are low, and tasks can be completed as independently as possible. Being able to do things on their own gives Alzheimer’s patients a sense of purpose.Reduce Distractions
Limit how many things are happening at once. It is hard for people with this disease to focus, and having a TV or radio on in the background while you’re trying to have a conversation can be frustrating for them.
Creating A Safe Environment by Providing Focused Individual Care
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Dementia is an overlying syndrome that affects Alzheimer’s patients by impairing memory, judgment, and communication. This increases a person’s risk of injury. There are some simple adjustments that you can make to help prevent falls and keep your loved one safe, such as avoiding trip hazards like runners or area rugs, installing handrails and grab bars in critical areas, and using locks on cabinets or drawers that contain any potentially dangerous items. Each person with this disease will experience symptoms and progression differently. The foundation of Alzheimer’s care is knowing how to exercise patience and flexibility.
We understand the many stages of Alzheimer’s disease and how important it is to maintain a daily routine. Our team personally gets to know each client so that we can match them with a qualified aide. Our private in-home health aides are available around the clock to provide families with the care and support that they need
The Stages of Alzheimer’sNo Impairment: During the early stage, Alzheimer’s isn’t detectable as no evidence of dementia or memory issues is present.
Very Mild Decline: At this point, minor signs may present themselves in the form of losing items frequently or slight memory loss. It is very rarely detected this early on because it is hard to distinguish from normal age-related forgetfulness. During this stage of the disease, your loved one will do well on memory tests and Alzheimer’s will go undetected.
Mild Decline: At this stage, family members and friends may start to notice cognitive problems in their loved ones, including things like finding the right words during conversation or remembering names. Memory tests are affected at this stage and physicians will be able to detect impairment.
Moderate Decline: By the time this stage develops, there are clear, recognizable symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Short-term memory issues will be more prevalent, the ability to manage finances and do simple arithmetic will be impaired, and your loved one might start to forget details about their life.
Moderately Severe Decline: Alzheimer’s patients at this stage may begin to need help with many day-to-day activities such as getting dressed. They will also start to experience more frequent states of confusion.
Severe Decline: At this stage, your loved one will need constant supervision and frequent professional care. Symptoms of confusion and memory loss will increase. It is likely that your loved one will lose bladder and bowel control and you may witness major personality changes. Often, those suffering from Alzheimer’s will begin wandering in their states of confusion.
Very Severe Decline: This is the final stage of Alzheimer’s. As this is a terminal illness, people at this stage are nearing death. It is expected that they will lose the ability to communicate and respond to their environment and do basic things like swallowing. They will need assistance with all activities of daily living at this point.
Our team works diligently to reduce overstimulation and prevent confusion that an individual may experience while providing the required day-to-day care that your loved one requires throughout each stage of Alzheimer's.
Has your loved one been moved to an assisted living facility? While our goal is to keep your family member in his or her home, HCC now offers private duty aides to give you peace of mind when it comes to the care of your family member outside of the home. Call or contact Home Care Connectors today to learn more or download our Plan of Care to get started.
Additional Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Resources:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Differences Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- 10 Early Signs & Symptoms
- Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet