Watching your loved one suffer through dementia is challenging and overwhelming. Adjusting to the diagnosis of dementia can cause you to worry, but with the proper support and care, you and your loved one will no longer have to suffer. Reaching out for help is the best thing you can do in this situation because professionals will ensure your loved one is comfortable and happy. The right dementia caregiver will be compassionate and gentle when looking after your loved one, and the most qualified places provide a wide variety of services.
Dementia caregivers should first help with the most basic services, such as personal care services. This can include bathing, eating, exercising, or dressing. Sometimes you may not realize how important these tasks are, but your loved one will begin to need help with these basic actions. The caregiver can also provide homemaker services so your loved one can receive help with basic housekeeping services. This means they will do light cleaning and shop for food in order to prepare all the meals. Many times dementia patients forget when they ate and if they need to eat again. It can also be unsafe for them to cook so this service can be critical.
Everyone also needs to feel human and have positive connections and interactions. If you hire a caregiver that will be around your loved one all day, then you want your loved one to be cheerful around them. Caregivers should provide companionship and conversation services. The caregiver can even structure your loved one’s day and create activities that will stimulate different senses. For example, a caregiver can take your loved one swimming or have them paint or garden. This will keep your loved one active physically and mentally.
Some caregivers are medically trained nurses or physical therapists, and they can help your loved one with certain things such as medication injections. Most caregivers will have medication reminders and guarantee that your loved one is taking the proper amount each day. It can be dangerous if your loved one takes more or less than the amount prescribed, so this service is essential depending on the patient’s mental state.
Dementia caregivers can offer many services and will tailor their services to cater to your loved one's needs. If you are looking for someone to provide in-home healthcare, then you want someone that you can trust. Our trustworthy professionals at Balanced Home Care offer compassionate care for patients with dementia, Alzheimer's, and many other illnesses. Contact us today to for a complimentary assessment!