Although there is no cure for dementia and Alzheimer’s, care and support for individuals are 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, and 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. Family caregivers need to know that 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 and respite in caring for a loved one with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Our home health aides have been specially trained to help clients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia maintain as much independence as possible, and in the 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 also 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
All of the research is clear that 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 caregivers use those premises to assist 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 to wellbeing 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
If the body declines due to a sedentary lifestyle, so too do physical and mental health, healthy blood flow, and the ability to live an active lifestyle.
From yoga or swim classes to dancing, aerobics, walking, gardening, or stationary cycling – 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.
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 ways games and activities are used to engage more fluid brain activity. Reminiscence therapy is one strategy. Pictures, era-specific music, movies, or games, favorite foods, sharing stories or memories engages seniors, prompting 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. There is a connection between serious falls/injury, trauma, surgeries, etc., and the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms or side effects.
Creating an accessible home is a priority. Engaging the 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, being, and their physical/motor abilities can shift from month-to-month, day-to-day, or even hour-to-hour. 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 whatever may be needed in each moment, and we also consider ourselves a first-line of support for your family and friend caregiver network.
Collaborative care is the best quality of care, so 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 provide bathing, dressing, grooming, position changes, and toileting care as those needs arise.
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.