As a family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or cognitive change, you shoulder a particularly heavy burden. Helping your loved one keep some sort of normalcy is key, and the type of care needed is physically and emotionally demanding. Right at Home is here to help. Understanding that you are not alone is the first step.
- Over 4.5 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
- About one in 10 people over age 65 has the disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia affect up to 50 percent of people over the age of 85.
Right at Home wants you to know that providing specialized nonmedical home care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or cognitive change is one of the most positive ways you can help. Most patients experiencing symptoms—particularly those in the early and middle stages of the illness—can be cared for at home instead of at nursing homes or other facilities.
- More than half of all diagnosed Alzheimer's patients continue to live in home settings.
- 80 to 90 percent of these patients rely on family and friends for care.
Right at Home offers home care services for those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and cognitive change by helping to provide:
- A familiar frame of reference.
- Freedom to move about in a more familiar and unrestricted space.
- A way to minimize those stresses that can aggravate the symptoms of dementia, cognitive change and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Daily orientation to time, place, person.
- Continuity of daily routines and schedule.
Understanding Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Cognitive Change
Dementia is a chronic, worsening change in a person’s overall mental ability. Dementia is not a single disease, but a series of symptoms that affect memory, thinking, behavior and a person’s ability to complete everyday activities. Of the more than 100 different types or causes of dementia, Alzheimer’s is the most common. Symptoms of dementia, or cognitive change, can also be the result of other conditions such as stroke, infections, alcohol overuse, nutritional deficiencies and brain tumors.
A Guide for Those Supporting Loved Ones With Dementia or Cognitive Change
The guide is built on the foundations of Right at Home’s approach to dementia and cognitive support, which incorporates a person’s ability, personhood, and the lifestyle risk factors known to increase symptoms of dementia into each custom care plan.Download the Free Guide
Right at Home's Cognitive Support Program for People With Dementia
People with dementia and cognitive change require specialized care over time. Right at Home’s approach to dementia and cognitive support is grounded in the idea that ALL of our clients, regardless of the severity or progression of their cognitive change, have abilities to interact and connect with their surroundings.Cognitive Support Program
Right at Home Dementia Guide
Understanding Dementia and Cognitive Change
Dementia is not a specific disease. It's a series of symptoms that can impact a person's ability to think, recall, communicate and complete daily activities.
Well-Being of Family Caregivers
Caring for a loved one with dementia is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be incredibly challenging. As you take on the additional role of family caregiver, it's important to maintain your own mental and physical well-being.
Know Your Risk Factors for Dementia
- High blood pressure
- Poor nutrition
- Heart disease
- Family history of dementia
- Stress and depression
- Reduced social interaction (e.g., home alone, less contact time with friends and others)
How Right at Home Can Help
While each form of dementia or cognitive change is unique, there are techniques that can be used to enhance a person’s quality of life. These techniques can also help families find new ways to connect with their loved one, despite cognitive change.
Right at Home can help by creating a custom care plan that includes family members/care providers to ensure all interactions:
- Focus on ability, not disability.
- Pay attention to nutrition.
- Help with well-being.
- Support perception and safety.
- Assist with recognition and orientation.
- Keep communication flowing in relationships and within families.
Call one of our offices today for more information.Find a Local Right at Home Office