The number one goal of senior care is to help the elderly live better, safer lives. There are always factors that can make this difficult, though. One of the biggest factors that leads to a loss of independence in the senior population is dementia. Although Alzheimer’s disease is what we typically think about when it comes to dementia, this is not the only type that there is. It comes in many forms, and all of them can lead to danger for the elderly.
Quality senior care is designed to prevent this danger. For example, if someone with dementia is prone to leaving their home, a caregiver can make sure that the house is secured and that they are supervised. Or, if dementia means that your mother forgets to eat meals, a caregiver can assist with meal prep and reminders to eat. In-home care is just one way that this supervision and assistance can better your lives. Depending on your loved one’s needs, other types of care may also be helpful.
Just because dementia has taken away a piece of your loved one’s cognitive abilities doesn’t mean that they need to live a hopeless life. There is help out there.
Sometimes, help can come from seemingly strange places. Therapeutic animals, like dogs, cats, goats, and chickens have also proven to be successful when it comes to helping those with dementia. In many cities and small towns across the U.S., caregivers are helping seniors connect with opportunities like this–especially those seniors who grew up in a farm setting. It provides a sense of the familiar and instils a purpose back into their lives. In some nursing homes in Japan, robotic cats and dolls have been used with varying degrees of success. These kinds of things are not available to all seniors in all areas of the world, but it is something that might help. And while not everyone has access to a goat to help them, it is just one more option that might help us to take better care and improve the lives of the people that we love.
One of our primary focuses here at Paradise In-Home Care is to help families that are dealing with dementia feel less of a burden. Caring for an older loved one is hard, and when dementia is involved, it can feel incredibly overwhelming. Our caregivers can help. We make sure that each one of our employees that works with those with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia are thoroughly trained to give those that they help their very best. We also provide ongoing refreshers to help our caregivers stay up to date with the best methods of helping those with dementia.
And we’d love to help. If you have questions when it comes to care, please feel free to contact us. One of our trained staff members would love to sit with you and go over your options during a free consultation. Give us a call and we’ll help you get pointed in the right direction. Even if in-home care isn’t right for you, we can help you figure out what is.