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Memory at Home

With Home Helpers® of Greater Milwaukee Offers Specialized Memory Care in the Familiar Surroundings of Home

Home is where many of us feel most comfortable, and where we wish to remain living independently for as long as possible. In fact, according the AARP, 9 out of 10 seniors would prefer to “age in place” in their own home. This can be especially true for those who live with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, since home is a familiar and comfortable place.

Home Helpers has developed our Memory at Home education and training program to provide customized, one-on-one Dementia care to individuals living with the challenges of Dementia or Alzheimer’s in Milwaukee. This program allows us to identify, develop, and cultivate a team of Certified Dementia Specialists uniquely qualified to care for you or your loved one at home.

Our Certified Dementia Specialists offer care services wherever you are, whether that’s in your family home or a senior community, throughout our four-county service area of Greater Milwaukee. While we still provide all other home care services, including respite care, companionship, personal care, and skilled nursing services, the Memory at Home program allows us to focus on the specific care needs that often accompany an Alzheimer’s or Dementia diagnosis.

Receive focused and customized care at home from our Certified Dementia Care Specialists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Call (262) 214-6941 today for a free nurse assessment!

About Our Memory at Home Education & Training Program

Working with world-renowned dementia and Alzheimer’s disease expert Teepa Snow and her Positive Approach to Care (PAC) curriculum, we have created a detailed training program to teach our team of caregivers and help them become Certified Dementia Specialists.

Our caregivers receive hands-on training with our PAC-certified Home Helpers trainer and coaches for optimal learning. Combined with our Nurse Forward patient approach and integrated wellness program, our Memory at Home certification process ensures we can provide compassionate, focused, and relevant care to seniors who have dementia behaviors or Alzheimer’s.

Our Memory at Home education and training program consists of three levels:

  • Level 1 – 20.75 hours of core training and an introduction to dementia within the first 90 days of employment
  • Level 2 – 25.25 hours of intermediate Memory at Home training plus interactive coaching
  • Level 3 – 16.50 hours of advanced Memory at Home training plus interactive coaching

Topics at the second and third levels are self-selected by caregivers from the developed curriculum and approved by management to ensure relevancy and maximum engagement. Intermediate and advanced training topics include It’s All In Your Approach, Challenging Behaviors, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontal Temporal Dementia, Understanding Vascular Dementia, End of Life Dementia, and more.

Our Memory at Home Team:

  • Christy Stemm, Director of Business Development and Clinical Services, Certified Dementia Specialist
  • Jacky Criscimagna, LPN, Nurse Care Manager, Certified Dementia Specialist
  • Becca Vana, Home Care Consultant, Certified Dementia Specialist
  • Shaneka Leichman, Lead Caregiver, Certified Dementia Specialist

Leading In-Home Dementia Care in Greater Milwaukee

At Home Helpers of Greater Milwaukee, our Memory at Home education and training program is one of the ways we strive to provide trusted comprehensive in-home dementia care.

We are a multi-year winner of the prestigious Best of Home Care – Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading home care consumer research and quality assurance agency in the country. We know it can feel overwhelming to entrust the care of yourself or a loved one to outside caregivers. We look forward to putting your mind at ease.

Find out more about our Certified Dementia Care Specialists or how we can help you or your loved one with in-home Dementia care in Milwaukee. Request your free nurse assessment online or by calling (262) 214-6941 now!

Frequently Asked Questions about Alzheimer's and Dementia

What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to a set of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities that interfere with daily functioning. Alzheimer's is a specific type of dementia, accounting for about 60-80% of dementia cases. It is characterized by the accumulation of abnormal protein deposits in the brain, leading to memory loss and cognitive decline.

What are the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's?

Early signs of Alzheimer's may include difficulty remembering recent events or names, challenges in solving familiar problems, confusion about time or place, changes in mood or personality, and withdrawal from social activities. It's important to note that some memory changes are a normal part of aging, but significant or rapid decline should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Is Alzheimer's disease hereditary?

While genetics can play a role in Alzheimer's, it's not usually directly inherited. There are two types of Alzheimer's: early-onset and late-onset. Early-onset Alzheimer's is rare and often has a stronger genetic component, with specific gene mutations contributing to the risk. Late-onset Alzheimer's, which is more common, has complex genetic and environmental factors, including genetic predispositions.

Are there any treatments available for Alzheimer's?

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer's, but there are treatments and interventions that can help manage symptoms, slow down cognitive decline, and improve quality of life. These may include medication to temporarily alleviate cognitive symptoms, behavioral interventions, and lifestyle changes. Research is ongoing to find more effective treatments and potentially a cure in the future.

What types of services are included in dementia care?

Dementia care encompasses a wide range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. These services often include:

  • Medical care - which ensures the person's overall health is monitored and any associated medical conditions are managed.
  • Medication management - ensuring that the right medicines are taken at the right times.
  • Personal care services - such as assistance with bathing, dressing, and other daily activities, help maintain personal hygiene and dignity.
  • Meal preparation - ensures dietary needs are met, while transportation services facilitate attendance at appointments and social engagements.
  • Housekeeping - helps maintain a clean and safe living environment.
  • Engaging in social activities - can provide vital mental stimulation and opportunities for interaction.

If you or a loved one requires dementia care, reach out to our dementia care specialists today. We're here to guide you through the process and ensure you receive the comprehensive support you need!

Steps to Care

  1. 1.
    Initial Call Once we’ve received your information, we will have a detailed call to gather more information on the care situation, answer any pressing concerns, and set up a time to meet in person.
  2. 2.
    In-home Care Assessment Here we will answer all your questions, and ask some of our own to craft a Cared-4Customized Care Plan to your unique needs.
  3. 3.
    Start of Care We will come with our Caregiver on the first day of care to go through the Care Plan together and help with introductions.
  4. 4.
    Client Visits Once we have begun care, we will pop in at times our Caregiver is there to see how things are going and determine if we need to adjust the Care Plan.