Caregiving for Dementia
Specialized In-Home Care for Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, though there are many different types. Collectively, dementia is characterized by a disruptive loss of memory, difficulty completing everyday tasks at home, and problems with decision making. Within that, each form of dementia has different symptoms and progresses in its own unique way. Much like caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, home care for patients with Lewy body dementia, Parkinson’s disease dementia, or other types of dementia requires flexibility and experience.
With Tandem Careplanning, you’ll find professional, highly vetted caregivers, who have gone through extensive background checks and dementia care training, and a dedicated client support system that is available 24/7. If you are a partner, family member, or close friend caring for a loved one with dementia, we’re here to help. From one shift a week to around-the-clock care, we can help you find a range of in-home dementia care services, including personal care, companion care, and memory care in the home.
And if you’re a family caregiver, our Care Team can connect you with a network of trustworthy, professional caregivers that can provide some much-needed time for yourself. No matter what your individual needs are, or how they change, we’ll assist you in accessing ongoing care that syncs with the lives of you and your loved ones.
Why Choose Tandem to Care for Someone with Dementia?
Bringing a caregiver into your home or that of a loved one can feel like a leap of faith. Here at Tandem Careplanning, we work hard to ease that stress so you can focus on spending time with your loved one. We’ll be there through the good days and the bad days – because Caregiving Works Better in TandemTM. Our Care Team is here to support you or your loved one with dementia by providing advice or making changes to your schedule or services.
How to Care for Someone With Dementia
Different types of dementia have different stages and symptoms that progress in a variety of unique ways. When providing dementia care in the home, it’s important to know how to manage some common behaviors and symptoms for someone with Lewy body dementia, Parkinson’s disease dementia, or any other types of dementia.
Hallucinations and Delusions
The brain changes associated with certain forms of dementia can cause people to see, hear, smell, or feel things that aren’t there. These hallucinations can range from hearing voices to seeing insects crawling on them that don’t exist. Those with dementia may also suffer from delusions and firmly believe things that aren’t true. They may accuse family members or caregivers of theft or other improper behavior. Hallucination and delusions are common in the early stages of Lewy Body dementia and can be scary and disturbing for loved ones and caregivers to experience.
Anxiety and Agitation
Changes in living arrangements or caregivers can trigger additional anxiety and agitation in people with dementia. These behavioral symptoms are common in many types of dementia and require a slow and considered approach to managing change. Other mood changes, including depression or anger and aggression are also common. Our caregivers are aware of these symptoms and the need for a gradual introduction of new faces or routines.
Sleep Issues and Sundowning
Sundowning – problems sleeping or increases in behavioral problems that begin at dusk – can affect as many as 20 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Those who experience sundowning may have increasingly severe symptoms, such as anxiety, confusion, or agitation at night. Such symptoms are common in people in the early stages of Lewy Body and other forms of dementia.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the symptoms that can accompany different types of dementia. For in-depth medical advice or questions on how to manage dementia, consult with a health care professional. For help finding and managing great caregivers for dementia, give Tandem Careplanning a call.