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Care and support for individuals with any stage of Alzheimer’s is critical to maintaining a high quality of life.
One of the most important factors in caring for someone with memory loss is helping them to feel safe and loved. What better place than in the comfort and familiarity of their own home?
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia presents many physical and emotional challenges.
There are options for memory loss care that don’t involve removing your loved one from their natural surroundings.
Specialized Training for Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia
North River Home Care is an ideal alternative for families who need support, assisted living, and respite when caring for a loved one who needs dementia care and Alzheimer’s assistance.
Our home health aides are specially trained to help clients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. They ensure that your loved one maintains as much independence as possible in a most dignified manner.
Our Associate Director, Laurel Lawson, is a certified Alzheimer’s Association Care Consultant who holds a “Train the Trainer” certificate from the Alzheimer’s Association. She is responsible for training our caregivers about the disease and its related behaviors and challenges.
StilMee Alzheimer’s Coaching
Beyond our in-house training, we collaborate with Alzheimer’s specialist Beverly Moore, founder of StilMee, to provide our caregivers with an extraordinary training program.
Together with StilMee, North River Home Care has developed a unique training and support program, a first of its kind for the home care services industry. As part of our Alzheimer’s and dementia training program, our caregivers receive:
- Phone Coaching: 24/7 real-time support is available from a StilMee Alzheimer’s Coach
- In-Services: StilMee group training sessions on effective communication, appropriate social activities, redirecting techniques and more
- Caregiver Connection Support Group: Monthly support group by a StilMee Alzheimer’s Coach to stay current on new ideas, techniques, and support methods.
Custom Alzheimer’s Home Care & Dementia Home Care Plans
In addition to helping with activities of daily living, our specially trained dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers can assist with the following:
- Monitoring nutritional intake
- Encouraging social activity
- Customized exercise program supervision
- Engaging in activities to stimulate more lucid thought
- Gait supervision to prevent falls
- Monitoring activities for safety
- And other services customized to meet your loved one’s unique needs
Research shows there is a distinct correlation between an individual’s lifestyle and the rate at which dementia and Alzheimer’s disease progresses.
Therefore, our specially trained dementia and Alzheimer’s care providers use those premises to provide superior medical care assistance with the following:
Monitoring nutritional intake
Currently, anti-inflammatory diets are some of the most effective for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. They improve other health conditions common to seniors, such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
Creating snacks, meals, smoothies, and other treats based on diets like the Mediterranean Diet or the Adkins protocol can have immediate, beneficial effects.
Encouraging social activity
Recognizing a face is not as important as engaging with one.
The very act of smiling, laughing, conversing, and socially engaging with others stimulates memory function. It also boosts oxytocin and other “love hormones,” and diminishes loneliness, depression, and anxiety.
Customized exercise program supervision
When the body declines due to a sedentary lifestyle, so do physical and mental health. Healthy blood flow and the ability to live an active lifestyle are also affected.
Customized and supervised senior exercise classes or programs can be designed for most home or even chair bound seniors. Another benefit is that physical strength and balance minimizes a senior’s fall risk.
- Swim classes
- Stationary cycling/li>
Engaging in activities to stimulate more lucid thought
Brain games are exactly that – fun activities designed to stimulate lucid thoughts.
There are all kinds of games and activities used to engage in more fluid brain activity, as well as reminiscence therapy such as:
- Era-specific music
- Stories & memories
Reminiscence therapy is one strategy that prompts them to focus on what they can remember, rather than what they can’t.
Gait supervision to prevent falls
Fall prevention is a key tenet of senior health but is especially important for seniors experiencing cognitive decline. Serious falls, injury, trauma, and surgeries are connected to the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms or side effects.
Creating an accessible home is a priority. Appropriate mobility devices and gait supervision when walking outside of the “safe zones,” prevents traumatic fall accidents.
Monitoring activities for safety
Because Alzheimer’s and dementia are progressive diseases, patients’ states of mind and their physical/motor abilities can shift on a dime. Experienced memory care facilities understand and continuously monitor their activities and environment, prioritizing safety.
Individual Care For Persons With Dementia & Alzheimer’s
North River Home Care provides exceptional personal care for your loved ones that keep them out of the nursing home. We consider ourselves a first-line of support for your family and friend caregiver network.
Collaborative care is the best quality of care. We encourage a culture where information, education, research, and theories are shared openly and freely.
Let us help train your family members to become better caregivers, including teaching the most dignified and ergonomically correct ways to include:
- Position changes
- Toileting care
- And more
Our personalized Alzheimer’s and dementia home care services allow your loved one to remain independent in the comfort and security of home.
These services also provide the respite care you deserve as a family caregiver.