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How Home Care Can Help Your Parent with Dementia

By Mike Jackson

A diagnosis of dementia can be devastating to the adult children of a senior. When a person is diagnosed with dementia, it means that they have been affected by memory loss or by difficulties with cognitive abilities. Often, dementia is progressive, meaning that the symptoms will become worse as time goes on. Sometimes people with dementia become incapable of living safely on their own. When dementia progresses to the point where your parent needs assistance, home care can be a wonderful way to allow your parent to remain at home while you continue to work, take care of your own children, and spend time with family and friends. Below are just a few of the ways that home care can help your parent.


Preventing Wandering

Sometimes people with dementia start to wander, which can cause them to become lost or injured. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, as many as 60 percent of people who have dementia wander. When they wander, they might forget identifying details about themselves, like their address or even their name. Home care can prevent wandering by supervising your parent when you cannot be there. Home care providers can distract your parent when they show signs of wandering, perhaps by engaging them in an activity or offering them a snack.


Meal Preparation

Eating a healthy diet is important to your parent’s overall health, but dementia can make them incapable of choosing proper foods or making a meal. A home care provider can make meals for your parent, making sure they are balanced and healthy. If your parent is still able to cook, a home care provider can supervise the activity to make certain they do not do anything unsafe, like leaving the stove on.


Meaningful Activities

People with dementia can get bored just like everyone else. A home care provider can assist your parent with doing activities they love. If your parent enjoyed doing crafts, a home care provider can help them continue to do so. Or, if your parent loved to garden, a home care provider can help them to plant, weed, and water. Home care providers can even take your parent on outings, such as to the museum, restaurants, or the zoo.


Medication Reminders

Sometimes people with dementia also have other conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes. A home care provider can remind them to take medications for those conditions. They can also drive your parent to medical appointments or help them with scheduling follow-up appointments.


These are just a few of the things a home care provider can do to help your parent with dementia. In addition, having a home care provider can also help you. When you know your parent is safe with a home care provider, you can go to work or enjoy activities without worry.

Sources

https://www.alz.org/what-is-dementia.asp

https://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-wandering.asp

IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN KUNA, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.

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