Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
When Things Have Changed
She’s not the same. Mom used to love spending afternoons with you, maybe shopping at the mall or just sitting and chatting. Now she has the same conversation with you six times and asks why you don’t take her shopping anymore—after you just returned home, as if the afternoon had never happened. She gets so upset when she can’t find something, and even accuses you and others she has always loved and trusted for stealing her things. That’s not like her at all. You’re afraid to think what these worrying behaviors could mean for her health and safety, and for you as her son or daughter.
Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is the diagnosis that can strike dread in the hearts of most family caregivers. If you’re living it now, you know all too well. If you’ve just received the prognosis for your senior, you’re likely scared and confused.
You Are Not Alone
You need to know that there is support for you and your loved one. The Second Family Home Care network can help. Our trained caregivers provide the highest quality of Alzheimer’s care, changing the way people live with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Our unique training program for Alzheimer’s and other dementias is part of our aQuire extensive training program. These courses have been specifically designed to prepare individuals for work as a caregiver in an in-home setting, boarding home, or an assisted living or residential care community.
Specially Trained Caregivers
Second Family Home Care caregivers have a passion and desire to work with Alzheimer’s or dementia clients, and receive ongoing classroom and on-line training. They bring the following skills and support to families of those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia:
- Remembering Life’s Journey – Gathering past stories and experiences helps the caregiver give comfort and customized care; all the while honoring who the senior was earlier in life.
- Techniques to Manage Behavior – Caregivers use techniques such as giving simple choices and redirecting, allowing the senior to remain calm and safe at home.
- Encouraging Interaction – Engaging seniors throughout the day builds self-esteem, enhances physical strength and reduces behaviors that need to be managed.
- Supporting the Family – Our caregivers understand the struggles and challenges that accompany caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. They are trained to work closely with the family and have open communication, which results in quality care for the senior.