Alzheimer’s Home Care & Support
Exceptional Home Care for those living with Alzheimer’s
Attending to someone’s needs when they can’t quite articulate them can be difficult. This is just one of many unique challenges associated with caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Along with communication, basic tasks such as dressing or buying groceries can easily become overwhelming. Sleep cycles can be affected, and new safety concerns arise. The world is less familiar and the need for trusted care becomes essential.
Tandem Careplanning’s caregivers can provide that additional support to you or your loved one, providing Alzheimer’s care in the home. Depending on your family’s needs, you can access respite care to prevent Alzheimer’s caregiver stress or add shifts to an existing schedule as the disease progresses. The Tandem Careplanning team is by your side throughout the process, ensuring a smooth transition that caters to your family’s needs.
What makes Tandem caregivers the choice for Alzheimer’s care?
Stability is paramount when it comes to in-home care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s. Tandem knows this firsthand and it’s one of the many reasons why we devote so much time to supporting our clients and caregivers. All Tandem caregivers go through Alzheimer’s training and our Care Team serves as a continuous point of contact over months or even years while your loved one receives Alzheimer’s care at home. If more advanced needs arise, we can help you identify a suitable Alzheimer’s caregiver with the required specialty expertise to help with things such as in-home memory care. Or it may be as simple as adding more time to your caregiver’s schedule to ensure greater coverage. Either way, we’re with you throughout the journey.
What makes caring for someone with Alzheimer’s unique?
People living with Alzheimer’s disease typically move through three distinct stages – in fact, this is one of the characteristics that separate it from other kinds of dementia. The three stages present different challenges that require different levels of Alzheimer’s help. Whether or not the individual lives alone, it’s important to have expertise on hand to anticipate and prevent dangerous situations and to effectively handle the physical, behavioral, and emotional issues that accompany each stage.
Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, symptoms can be mild and may only be recognizable to close family members and friends. Over time, they become more noticeable. The individual may forget to pay bills, wander or get lost, and experience mood changes such as aggression and/or anxiety.
Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s typically occurs after the appearance of these symptoms. While it’s a lot to adjust to, this is the best time to start planning so you or your loved one remains safe and comfortable as the disease progresses. This includes making legal and financial plans and formalizing a support network, which can include both family and professional caregivers. Having the right structure and coping mechanisms in place is critical for being able to stay safely at home for as long as possible.
Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease
This is the longest phase of Alzheimer’s disease, characterized by a worsening of the symptoms listed above. Eventually, you or your loved one may need help with daily care and activities of daily living. For family, this can also be a difficult time as the individual may now need close supervision to ensure they don’t fall, wander off, or harm themselves inadvertently. Alzheimer’s caregiver stress is common and something for everyone to be aware of.
Tandem Careplanning recognizes that this is an important stage and one that requires professional Alzheimer’s caregiving experience. Along with their physical presence, Tandem’s caregivers can help with preventive measures, such as turning down the thermostat to prevent hot water burns and removing background noises such as the radio or TV that may distract and confuse a person with this stage of Alzheimer’s disease.
Late Stage Alzheimer’s Disease
In the most severe stages of Alzheimer’s disease, you or your loved one may find it difficult to hold a conversation. Recall of names and relationships declines, so although people seem familiar, it may not be clear who they are or what their name is. It’s a time that requires stability, routine, and the small pleasures of life, such as enjoying time with family.
At this later stage, around-the-clock care and assistance are imperative, particularly if the aim is to stay in the home as long as possible. Ultimately, the individual may need to move into a care facility as specialized medical issues arise.
It’s a difficult journey. By planning well, you can maximize the time that you or your loved one has and prevent stress and anxiety for everyone involved. Tandem Careplanning and our caregivers are ready and able to provide expertise and guidance as you navigate Alzheimer’s home care options along the way.