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 has a network of caregivers that 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 when 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.
Why Choose Tandem?
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. Our Care Team serves as a continuous point of contact over months or even years. If more advanced needs arise, we can help you identify a suitable caregiver with the required medical or specialty expertise. 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.
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 require different levels of care and present different challenges. 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 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 caregiving experience. Through our network, your family can identify an individual that your family feels comfortable with. You can also select for prior experience with Alzheimer’s home care. Along with their physical presence, Tandem Careplanning caregivers can help advise on 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.
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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 is 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. But when planned 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 network of caregivers are ready and able to lend their expertise and guidance along the way.