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Memory, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care

Seniors Helping Seniors® 30 Jun 2024

Dementia care involves the use of prompts and cues to drive behavior for people with dementia. Seniors Helping Seniors® Bethesda excels at caring for people with early-to-moderate dementia – our emphasis on companionship translates to excellent dementia care.

Overcoming Resistance:
People with dementia often refuse help – they deny the problem and create conflict when their condition is discussed. Seniors Helping Seniors® Bethesda regularly overcomes this resistance to care. Our mature and sophisticated caregivers present more as a peer than a caregiver, which in turn leads to acceptance.

We previously worked with a family whose mother had moderate dementia and refused care. They used multiple homecare agencies, and their mother was hostile and confrontational with the caregivers because she did not want care.

Shortly after changing to Seniors Helping Seniors® Bethesda all this changed. She was receptive to her new caregivers and introduced them to her family members as her “friends”. She perceived our mature and sophisticated caregivers as peers, which caused her to put her guard down and enabled our caregivers to provide high-quality care alongside high-level companionship.

Specialized Training and Clinical Support:
We ensure that our caregivers are equipped for success when working with clients who have dementia. We enroll all caregivers in a specialized dementia care training program that was recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association. Our supervising team includes a psychiatric nurse and a Certified Senior Advisor®, both of whom provide caregivers with guidance and insight to help them navigate the difficulties of dementia care.

FAQs:

How does dementia care differ from ordinary homecare?

Dementia care incorporates ordinary homecare services, but also includes additional tasks specifically designed to address dementia. This will look different for different people, depending on the progression and manifestations of their dementia. Some examples of prior Seniors Helping Seniors® Bethesda dementia care services include:

  • Monitoring client with propensity for misusing kitchen appliances (i.e. toasters, blenders, etc.)
  • Meal preparation for client who could not remember their dietary restrictions
  • Medication reminders for client who could not remember to take medication

Moreover, our mature and sophisticated caregivers can help with more complex life administration tasks that people with dementia may struggle with, like paying bills, communicating with medical professionals, coordinating home repairs, etc.*

* These services are not expressly part of any homecare offerings provided by Seniors Helping Seniors® Bethesda

Are there different levels of dementia care?

Yes. As dementia progresses, additional services will typically be added to compensate for the cognitive decline. Additional services during the early and middle stages of dementia will usually take the form of prompts and cues to help steer behavior. Late stage dementia requires a higher level of care, and typically people will need to move to a care facility equipped for these heightened care needs. An overview of the differrent levels of dementia are outlined below:

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