Alzheimer’s Care at Home
When a senior develops Alzheimer’s disease, the burden it can place on the entire family can be overwhelming. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are nearly 15 million family caregivers looking after loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Family caregivers suffer not only emotionally but also physically. More than 60 percent of family caregivers report high levels of stress, and over 33 percent report depression.
From multiple physician appointments to safety concerns, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Kingsbridge Home Healthcare can help the Alzheimer’s patient maintain function while reducing the burden of family members.
Let Kingsbridge Help!
- Personal Care
Bathing, dressing, and grooming may be affected because of memory issues. When dressing, for example, the person may not be able to determine the order in which clothing should be put on. A Kingsbridge caregiver can give guidance and help the individual stay involved in performing these tasks with verbal cues. Your loved one with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelmed with choices, so the caregiver can help by limiting decisions to two choices.
- Medication Reminders
Timely medication regimens affect both cognitive function and quality of movement. Both are critically important for being able to complete activities throughout the day. Kingsbridge caregivers can verbally remind a patient when it is time to take their medication. We can also keep a log for you or for your loved one’s doctors of what is eaten, at what times, and if medications have been taken at the appropriate times as well.
Our staff will identify fall risks as the patient moves through the home. Simple household improvements may be implemented, such as a change in lighting, high-contrast tape to mark steps, labels for doors and cabinets, and verbal cues. The caregiver is also there to remove clutter and assist the individual when walking throughout the home.
Our goal is to keep patients home safe. The most effective way to reduce wandering is through observation and activity engagement. If the person wishes to go outside for a walk, he will be escorted and never left alone. Overnight caregivers are available if your loved one wanders or is awake long periods over night.
A person living with Alzheimer’s disease should not drive on his or her own. They may need assistance attending medical appointments or other errands due to their balance and cognitive challenges. Kingsbridge caregivers can provide this service for your peace of mind.
- Meals & Nutrition
Having a caregiver is a good solution for someone who needs help with meals, as these patients often “forget” to eat. A Kingsbridge caregiver will ensure they have a suitable diet, and can help the patient stay safe in the kitchen where it is easy to forget a stove is on, or not understand what sharp objects can do.
- Light Exercise Support
Research shows that exercise and activity help improve mental acuity in Alzheimer’s patients. Home exercise focuses on balance and range of motion. Patients are more likely to perform an exercise routine with a caregiver there to give encouragement.
- Specially-Trained Caregivers
In addition to complete background and reference checks, Kingsbridge also requires caregivers to become certified in the essentialALZ program before caring for a client with Alzheimer’s disease. This program gives caregivers better insight into the disease process, and how to best serve a person with Alzheimer’s. Additionally, caregivers are trained throughout the year in various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, such as behavioral changes, caregiver support, signs of senior depression, and more.
Schedule an In-Home Consultation
To learn more about how we can help your family manage a loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease at home, please contact us by email or call us at (718) 495-6282.