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In-Home Care Services for Patients with Dementia

By George & Patricia Jones

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Anyone who lives with a loved one who has dementia can tell you it’s no easy ride sometimes. Often, when an aging parent or family member suffers from dementia, the sense of responsibility to care for them can be very strong. Many people want to move an aging parent into the home so they can more easily provide care, although work schedules or other obligations can create challenges. The good news is there are many types of care that can be utilized in-home for dementia patients.

Let’s look at a few of the types of in-home services available. Whether you are wanting to move your senior loved one into your home, or keep them in their home for as long as possible, there is a wide range of care options you should know about that don’t include being in a hospital or nursing home. Since the needs of a dementia patient varies, the range of in-home services can also vary according to what is needed. Here’s a bit more information about these types of in-home care:

1. Companion Services
This is a great option for a senior who needs some help with getting to their activities, running errands, doing some light housework, grocery shopping, etc. For seniors who want to maintain their lifestyle, companion services can be a great tool.

2. Personal Care Services
This type of in-home service goes a bit farther, and provides help with things such as getting dressed, bathing, getting to the toilet safely and any other activity where personal care is needed.

3. Housekeeping Services
Housekeeping services goes beyond simply cleaning and tidying up. Perhaps help is needed with tending a garden or preparing meals. Even grocery shopping can fall into this range of care.

4. Skilled Services
When more skilled medical care is needed, a doctor may order a nurse or other licensed care giver who can come in and administer medications and injections, care for wounds, provide physical therapy, etc.

If you find yourself needing to help provide in-home care to a loved one with dementia, the first priority is determining just what type of care they need. It’s always best if you can involve them in this process so they don’t feel like they’re losing all control and independence. Allow them to voice their concerns and assure them that in-home care services are there to help them keep the lifestyle they are used to.

It’s crucial that the dementia patient feels safe with the caregiver, so take the time to interview several people. Write down a list of the kind of care that is needed and ask how those things will be accomplished. This can often be done over the phone so you don’t waste time with services or individuals that don’t fit your requirements. Last but not least, always ask for and check references! This can be invaluable information, so don’t skip over it. In-home care for dementia patients can be a huge help in easing the responsibilities of caring for a person with dementia. For more information, call us today!