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.

Know When It’s Time To Stop Driving With Dementia

Meeting the Challenges of Caring For a Loved One with Dementia - caring for dementia patient at homeA key decision that a family or home caregiver must face when an individual is diagnosed with dementia is whether or not that person should continue driving. Ultimately, the goal is to maintain independence for as long as possible without putting the dementia patient or other drivers in danger.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are progressive diseases and their symptoms will worsen over time. For this reason, many early stage dementia patients may be able to continue driving without issue. However, the disease progresses at different rates in each case, making it difficult to predict when it’s time to stop. Knowing how to care for a dementia patient at home before getting behind the wheel can help protect your patient and other drivers.

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, it may be time for a dementia patient to stop driving if he or she:

  • Has difficulty judging distance
  • Becomes disoriented in familiar places
  • Cannot effectively multi-task
  • Struggles with decision making and problem solving
  • Experiences drastic mood swings or irritability
When evaluating the above behaviors, it’s important to compare the patient’s current abilities with those prior to being diagnosed and note any dramatic changes.

Another tactic to assess a dementia patient’s driving skills is through an independent driving evaluation. These evaluations are conducted by a state’s DMV and a dementia patient may be required to pass in order to keep driving depending on the state where they live.

Personal care assistants (PCAs) that provide dementia home care should take the necessary steps to ensure their patients are kept safe both on and off the road. Along with providing in-home supportive services, a home caregiver should also plan for future transportation arrangements once the time comes to stop driving.

For years, Best Home Care has helped PCAs and family caregivers who are caring for a dementia patient at home more effectively manage their administrative work. Contact us for more guidance on dementia home care and to learn how our Minneapolis home care agency can assist you.