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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 safe.
Ensuring good nutrition and overall health and well being; spotting possible concerns or changes.
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 engaged.
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.

It is 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. 

 

Alzheimer's senior care

The 10 Warning Signs of Dementia that the Alzheimer's Association promotes:

1.    Memory changes that disrupt daily life 

 

2.    Challenges in planning or solving problems 

 

3.    Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure 

 

4.    Confusion with time or place 

 

5.    Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationship 

 

6.    New problems with words in speaking or writing 

 

7.    Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps 

 

8.    Decreased or poor judgment 

 

9.    Withdrawal from work or social activities 

 

10. Changes in mood and personality

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 planning.