Although an incredible number of seniors are dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, an even greater number of family members are struggling with taking care of them. Incredibly, nearly 75% of family care providers are managing their senior loved ones’ dementia care needs on their own, with only 26% seeking professional care support.
Of course, families want to do all they possibly can in order to meet their loved ones’ needs, but dementia caregiving can lead to a very high level of both mental and physical stress. This takes a toll on the caregivers’ own overall health in the long run, especially once the disease progresses. And some members of the family believe there’s an all-or-nothing strategy: either oversee the senior’s needs at home, or face moving him or her into residential care.
CareWorks Health Services of Orange County, CA offers a solution that’s beneficial to seniors with dementia along with their family caregivers: the addition of an experienced in-home dementia caregiver to provide as much or as little respite care as needed. Here is why we believe dementia care in the home is the best:
- Highly skilled care. Because our caregivers are both trained and knowledgeable about the many intricate facets of Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia, they will proactively cope with and more successfully manage even the most difficult of behaviors, such as wandering, aggression, sundowning, and more.
- Enhanced safety. The possibility of accidents is elevated for persons with dementia. Even something as seemingly uncomplicated as assisting your senior loved one into the shower or onto the toilet can create a dangerous fall risk. Professional caregivers know how to watch for and avoid falls, keeping both you and your family member safe from injury.
- Sustainable aging in place. Oftentimes, family caretakers become so overwhelmed wanting to meet a senior loved one’s needs in tandem with their own needs that a relocation to a residential dementia care facility seems inevitable. However, partnering with an experienced dementia care provider opens up the possibility of long-term, beneficial care at home.
- Peace of mind. Knowing your senior loved one is in skilled hands gives you the ability to take a good deep breath, relax, and step away from the challenges of caregiving for the essential breaks that relieve stress and the potential for caregiver burnout and depression.
It is advisable to look into in-home dementia care possibilities as early in the disease as you can to allow for an even more seamless transition and to make sure your loved one gets the most effective care from the very beginning. Call us at (949) 859-4700 to request a consultation in the comfort of home, where we can design a highly customized plan of care that will enhance well-being for your senior loved one today, and also as needs change in the days to come.