Alzheimer’s Disease and Caring For Loved Ones
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a common form of dementia that negatively impacts the portions of the brain that effect thought, memory and language. Today, as many as 4.5 million people in the United States suffer from varying stages of AD. The initial symptoms may be as minor as forgetting names or recent events, but as the disease progresses, the Alzheimer’s patient may wander, become anxious or even aggressive.
How can Comfort Keepers® help you manage the care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease?
Most people hope to age safely and comfortably in their own home, including those managing AD. Many Alzheimer’s patients can safely stay in their own home for a period of time, and that’s where Comfort Keepers can provide care assistance. Many Comfort Keepers have been formally trained by local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association or the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) in how to provide in-home care for AD patients. It may include:
Assisting the client with dressing or grooming
Aiding the client in communication
Improving eating habits with healthy meal planning
Enhancing home safety by implementing measures to prevent wandering or driving
And….much needed respite care for family members who may be primary care providers for the Alzheimer’s patient. To continue to read about the Comfort Keepers serving the Mainline area, click HERE and for Delaware County area, click HERE.