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With the senior population continuing to grow at a rapid pace, more and more families are facing Alzheimer’s diagnoses of aging loved ones, and the subsequent process of how to provide the senior with the highest level of quality care throughout the progression of the disease. Should families leave their loved one at designated assisted living facilities or should they instead bring in a professional Denver caregiver?
Typically, assisted living facilities for those with Alzheimer’s have several work shifts with helpers being rotated to another shift or patient throughout the day. This often lends itself to having more confusion for a patient already burdened by the changing clarity of his or her mental functions. Unfamiliar surroundings void of home comforts, whether a certain photograph or favorite blanket, can further make symptoms of the condition worse. Many families are also uncertain of the consistency and quality of care being provided.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it’s believed that those living with Alzheimer, or another similar cognitive conditions, do better in an environment that provides consistency to their daily lives. A daily routine that doesn’t change, unchanged surroundings and the same person administering assistance, all form part of the reasons some families prefer to care for their loved one in home environments.
Bearing in mind that not all in-home care programs are the same, families generally have more control over the care of their loved ones when compared to assisted living facilities, and are able to choose a care schedule that best meets their individual needs. Some families will use Denver hourly home care services to supplement a family caregiving schedule, while others will use live-in care services to provide careful around the clock monitoring, especially in the later stages where wandering and safety concerns arise.
Another outstanding benefits resulting from having in-home care are highly trained caregivers who are able to get to know the patient in terms of their individual needs and behavioral changes. This helps to form a familiar relationship that is built upon trust, something that many Alzheimer’s patients lack. One recent publication by “The Gerontologist,” also suggests that patients who had better personal hygiene care and kept up appearances were those who received their care from the same caregiver.
Consistent home care for Alzheimer patients invariably improves quality of life and helps to reduce stress for all parties involved. To learn more about Denver Alzheimer’s care from a local and trusted home care provider, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Denver. Our professional and compassionate caregivers are highly trained in how to care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, as well as our Cognitive Therapeutics Method, a program designed specifically to help promote brain health and acuity. Call 720-443-3371 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.