Although making the decision to bring in a professional to care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s
is not always an easy one, it can be a positive step for your family. There are certain
benefits of having a Lincoln Home
Care caregiver, experienced in Alzheimer’s care, such as:
Allowing your loved one to age comfortably in their own home rather than having to
relocate to a care facility.
Managing the physical aspects of care. The professional caregiver is trained to
properly transfer and lift a person, provide bathing or grooming with dignity, manage
incontinence, assist with medication reminders and more to keep your senior
Ensuring good nutrition and overall health and well being; spotting possible concerns
Understanding of the disease and behaviors; ability to manage and redirect a client who
may become agitated, worried or paranoid.
Assistance maintaining routine and activities; helping to keep the patient active and
Providing support and rest for the family members.
When hiring a professional, some preparation is
needed. Not only will you need to prepare your loved one, but the caregiver will also require
certain information about their new client in order to provide the most quality care possible. In
order to ensure that your senior is comfortable, we recommend that you share the following
information about your loved one with Lincoln Home Care:
Their daily routine – An elderly person with Alzheimer’s typically does not react well
to their routine being changed. Make sure that the caregiver is aware of what your
loved one is used to doing everyday and how they do it. If he or she eats the same
thing every morning or always has coffee with a lot of creamer, list these facts out
for the caregiver. They are much more likely to accept a new person in their home if
everything remains the same.
Medical history and preferences – Lincoln Home
Care will need to gather a thorough medical history. As a caregiver, this
is useful to have organized and you may wish to keep a health notebook or use one of
the many online tools for this. Make sure that the caregiver is well aware of your
loved one’s allergies and sensitivities, list of medications and routine, other
providers who may be visiting the home (therapist, nurse), doctors and diagnoses,
surgeries, hospital preference, emergency contacts etc.
Behavioral patterns – A home caregiver should have full knowledge of not only your
loved one’s medical history, but also their history of behavior. Perhaps mom or dad has
done something out of character, but only once or twice. The new caregiver should be
made aware of this so they a) know that it is not a normal behavior b) know the best
way to react in the situation. If they become upset, the caregiver can benefit from
knowing ways you have been able to calm them down and diffuse the situation.
No two people experience Alzheimer's disease in the same way. As a
result, there's no one approach to caregiving.
important to know that help is available. Employing the trusted, professional services of
Lincoln Home Care gives family caregivers much
needed opportunities to take time to themselves with the peace of mind that their senior is
being cared for by a compassionate, experienced caregiver.
The 10 Warning Signs of Dementia that the Alzheimer's Association
1.Memory changes that
disrupt daily life
2.Challenges in planning or solving
3.Difficulty completing familiar tasks at
home, at work or at leisure
4.Confusion with time or
5.Trouble understanding visual images and
6.New problems with words in speaking or
7.Misplacing things and losing the ability to
8.Decreased or poor
9.Withdrawal from work or social
10.Changes in mood and
If you have any questions about any of these warning signs of
dementia, the Alzheimer's Association recommends consulting a physician. Early diagnosis
provides the best opportunities for treatment, support and future