Discover how to take care of an Alzheimer’s patient at home and how Executive Care’s Alzheimer’s and dementia care helps those with neurodegenerative diseases.
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that accounts for 60–70% of all cases of dementia. Dementia is a disorder which presents as a set of related symptoms. Brain damage, via injury or disease, is the typical cause of dementia. Neurodegenerative diseases result from a progressive loss of structure or function of neurons. Alzheimer’s is basically a disease that deteriorates the functions of the brain.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, which means it gets worse over time. There is no known cure and causes of Alzheimer’s are not well understood. It can be a bleak diagnosis, but even though we have no cure, medical professionals have innovated several ways to manage the disease. Alzheimer’s care at home is often the most effective, convenient, and practical way to manage the disease.
Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Care At Home
If the disease is diagnosed early enough, patients often have years during which they’re still high functioning. Those with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia often do not need much assistance. Even so, it’s often wise to have a skilled caregiver visit them during certain times of the day. This can ensure their safety and help maintain high-quality living conditions.
Early-stage care can also get patients used to basic routines that could prove vital in the coming years. The goal of providing this early-stage care is to maximize the independence of the patient and offer reliable, consistent help with routine household tasks, as required.
Mid-Stage Alzheimer’s Care At Home
Mid-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia is often the longest phase of the disease. It can be a very challenging time, especially for family members and loved ones trying to keep the person with Alzheimer’s safe and comfortable. There is frequently a great deal of variation in an Alzheimer’s mood and memory during this stage. There are good days and bad days. On the more challenging days, having a caregiver from Executive Care present can be a huge boost to your loved one’s well-being.
Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Care At Home
Late-stage Alzheimer’s is difficult to quantify. For some patients, the most severe symptoms last only a few weeks before they pass away. For others, these late-stage symptoms can last months, and even years. Depending on the severity of the disease, some Alzheimer’s patients require around-the-clock care. Executive Care can place a live-in caregiver in the home of an Alzheimer’s patient when they reach this difficult late stage. This means there will always be somebody around to provide assistance when needed.
To learn more about Executive Care’s Alzheimer’s care services, please contact us today.