Innovative Therapy for Dementia Home Care Patients

Best Home Care likes to stay up to date on all types of therapy and treatments that can aid in helping seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s. We are especially excited this week to share with homecare patients, home caregivers, personal care assistants, and homecare nurses some information on Reminiscent Therapy.

 

This type of therapy can be beneficial for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Reminiscent Therapy uses various items to help trigger memories as well as help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning any type of therapy program.

 

Here are some examples of how Reminiscent Therapy can benefit home care patients:

 

  • Vintage Designs- Lots of memory care facilities now feature interior designs that are reminiscent of those from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. These designs can help retrieve memories as well as bring comfort to those with dementia.
  • Photo and Memory Walls- These can include different themes such as cars, travel, pets, and hobbies. Specific themes like these can help to prompt certain discussions and questions such as what was your favorite vacation? Other photo options could include pictures from memories like weddings or birthdays.
  • Memory Stations- Create a memory station by setting up an area for your patient or loved one to enjoy a favorite activity. For example, a keyboard with music, a sewing corner, a small workshop with tools, or even a vintage desk with an old telephone. All of these things can help to trigger memories of enjoying favorite activities.

 

Best Home Care knows the importance of spending time with loved ones especially if they are struggling with dementia. We take great care to help you find the best home health care services for the unique needs of you or your loved one.  We specialize in elderly homecare services, as well as pediatric homecare and disability homecare.

 

For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 651-330-2550, email us at info@besthomecaremn.com, or visit our website for more information on our home health care services.

Breaking the Stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease

PCA Choice, PCA Provider agency, home care servicesEveryone that has had a friend or family member suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease understands what a tragic and heartbreaking disease it can be. For family caregivers providing Alzheimer’s home care for a loved one, the disease can present challenges that most personal care assistants don’t have to deal with.

 

In addition to the day-to-day struggles of providing Alzheimer’s home care for a senior, the stigma around the disease can make it difficult to educate your loved one about what they are experiencing. These stigmas often prevent patient from seeking help and can prevent them from living the best quality of life possible.

 

Those suffering from Alzheimer’s often struggle with stigmas and as a result, do not:

  • Seek medical treatment for symptoms
  • Make appropriate plans for the future
  • Receive a proper diagnosis
  • Develop a network of for support and guidance

 

While it can be hard to admit that someone is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, it is imperative to acknowledge this in order for the patient to live the best life possible. PCAs and family caregivers can help those living with Alzheimer’s accept their diagnosis and help them continue to lead great lives by breaking down stigmas around Alzheimer’s. Family caregivers should:

  • Be Honest: Speak openly with the Alzheimer’s home care patient about the disease and discuss options.
  • Seek Support: Find groups that offer caregiver support and education for those living with Alzheimer’s and attend regularly with your loved one.
  • Offer Education: Teach those around you and your loved one about the effects of Alzheimer’s and promote awareness.

 

Providing Alzheimer’s home care services can be a very difficult task for any home care professional or family caregiver. This task only becomes increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. The team at Best Home Care has helped many personal care assistants find support and guidance while providing in-home supportive services for Alzheimer’s patients. Contact us today to learn more about the opportunities for Alzheimer’s support and education in your community.

Preventing Alzheimer’s at Any Age

Meeting the Challenges of Caring For a Loved One with Dementia - caring for dementia patient at homeAn exciting announcement was made at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference: Over the past 40 years, Alzheimer’s and dementia rates have steadily declined in the U.S. In fact, an American adult age 60 and older today has a 44% less chance of getting Alzheimer’s when compared with a U.S. senior citizen 30 years ago. Researchers largely attribute this reduction to improved cardiovascular risk factors and better health and wellness education among senior citizens.

While this is encouraging news, Alzheimer’s remains a devastating disease that affects over 5 million people in the U.S. The majority of these patients are over the age of 65 however; Alzheimer’s and dementia can strike at younger ages as well. Even though the disease is incurable, research has begun to shed light on ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s at any age.

As personal care assistants, it’s vitally important to monitor our senior home care patients for signs of Alzheimer’s. Taking steps to prevent this disease is also key, especially for those over the age of 65. Here are some ways you can help your home care patient’s mind stay sharp and adopt a lifestyle that helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Eat Your Fruits & Veggies: Including more fruits and vegetables in your diet is a great way to improve your brain health.
  • Munch on Berries: The high levels of biologically active components in berries help fight memory impairment associated with beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.
  • Sip on Wine: Minerals in grape skins help protect brain cells from stress that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Grape juice makes for a great nonalcoholic substitute.
  • Stay Social: Studies have shown that an active social life and strong network of friends may help prevent Alzheimer’s.

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent Alzheimer’s. However, it is never too early to take steps to lessen your chances of getting this disease. As a Minneapolis home care agency, Best Home Care has helped hundreds of at home care patients live better more independent lives. Contact us to learn more about Alzheimer home care options and ways to prevent this disease.

The Cost of Caring For Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease Made Easier With Assisted Living Services - home dementia careAccording to The Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s and of that number, 96% are seniors over the age of 65. While research is continually being done to find new treatments, Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 cause of death in America that currently cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.

Alzheimer’s devastating effects are not only felt by its victims, but by family and friends as well. In most cases, a spouse, family member, or friend will provide home care for the individual until professional in-home supportive services are required. This can, and often does, create a great deal of stress as they work to care for a loved one in addition to keeping up with obligations in their own life.

An undeniable contributor to this caregiver stress is money. In order to care for their loved one, some family caregivers are forced to reduce hours at work or quit altogether. Other caregivers may choose to take on extra part-time work to help offset the costs of caregiving and support their families.

Last year in the U.S., family and friends provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid Alzheimer’s in-home care. Here are some fast facts on the cost of caring for Alzheimer’s in Minnesota from 2014:

  • 248,000 total caregivers
  • 282,000,000 total hours of unpaid care
  • $3,430,000,000 total economic value of unpaid care
  • $167,000,000 higher health costs of caregivers

For those suffering from caregiver stress, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Unchecked, these stressors can lead to serious health issues including caregiver burnout, a weakened immune system, and depression.

Best Home Care strives to provide support for caregivers with online resources that encourage a healthy lifestyle while providing home care. We also offer information and guidance on how to get paid for taking care of a family member and offset the costs of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.