Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care Program
Dementia is not a specific disease but a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms. Those symptoms can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain. There are many forms of dementia. The most recognizable is Alzheimer’s Disease. This condition accounts for almost half of all Dementia cases. Some other types are Lewy Body Dementia, Huntington Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease.
Dementia affects 4-5 million people in the United States alone. This number will rise more as more people reach 65 and older- the age Dementia starts to affect a person.
How do we treat Dementia?
The medical community is in agreement that care should focus on optimizing the individual’s health and quality of life. This treatment most often consists of medications and non-drug treatments such as behavioral therapy. We have developed a program to treat Dementia by engaging our patients in recreation, promoting relaxation, encouraging reminiscence, building relationships, and providing resources to our clients’ families.
- Customizes programming based on clients’ past or present interests
- Provides individualized Dementia education and training to caregivers and families
- Decreases a loved one’s stress by providing care with safe, stimulating activities
- Promotes longevity of living in the current environment
- Offers tools for ongoing behavior management
- Monitors medication side effects
- Provides access to Licensed Clinical Social Worker consultations as needed
- Encourages improved communication with Physicians
- Provides initial assessment by a home care professional evaluating stage of Dementia, social history, mental status, and activity preference
- Creates a custom plan identifying needed personal care services
- Offers client-centered care management to link and coordinate quality services, referrals, and consultation
- Enhance dignity and self-esteem
- Provide purpose and meaning to life
- Encourage the best of abilities
- Provide a sense of security and togetherness
- Reduce wandering
- Reduce agitation
- Improve mood
- Increase in longevity of living at home rather than facility placement
- Improve family involvement and communication regarding personal care services for the client
- Increase family communication with physician regarding mood and behavior status resulting in appropriate medication adjustments
- Enhances family’s knowledge of the disease
- Decrease in spouse’s / caregiver’s stress
- Increase in recommended resource referrals
- Improvement of home safety conditions