While countless older adults are dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, an even greater number of people are struggling with caring for a family member with dementia. Surprisingly, nearly 75% of family caretakers are managing their senior loved ones’ dementia care needs alone, with only 26% reaching out for professional care assistance.
Unsurprisingly, families want to do all they possibly can to fulfill their loved ones’ needs, but dementia caregiving can bring about an exceedingly high level of both mental and physical stress. This takes a toll on the caretakers’ own health and wellness in the long run, especially as the disease advances. And many family members believe there’s an all-or-nothing approach: either manage their senior loved one’s needs in the home, or confront moving him or her into residential care.
JFS Care however, offers an alternative that is beneficial to seniors with dementia as well as their family caregivers: the addition of a competent in-home dementia caregiver to offer as much or as little respite care as necessary. Here’s why we consider dementia care in the home to be the most beneficial option:
- Skilled care. Because our caregivers are both trained and knowledgeable on the many complex aspects of Alzheimer’s disease along with other kinds of dementia, they are able to proactively cope with and more easily manage even the most difficult of behaviors, like wandering, aggression, sundowning, and many more.
- Improved safety. The risk of accidents is elevated for those with dementia. Even something that appears as straightforward as assisting your loved one into the shower or onto the toilet can cause a dangerous fall risk. Professional caregivers know just how to watch for and avoid falls, keeping both you and your loved one safe from harm.
- Sustainable aging in place. Very often, family caregivers become so stressed trying to meet all of a senior loved one’s needs in tandem with their own that a move to a residential dementia care facility seems certain. But working with a knowledgeable dementia care provider opens up the possibility of long-term, effective care in the home.
- Peace of mind. Knowing your senior loved one is in qualified hands allows you to take a breath, relax, and step away from the stresses of caregiving for the much-needed breaks that alleviate stress and the prospect of caregiver burnout and depression.
It is better to investigate in-home dementia care choices as early in the disease as you can, to allow for an even more seamless transition and also to ensure your loved one gets the very best care from the very beginning. Call us at (213) 383-2273 to inquire about our Los Angeles, CA home care and request a consultation from the comfort of home, where we can create a highly personalized plan of care which will improve quality of life for your senior loved one today, and also as needs change in the future.