What is the difference between Caregiving (Home Care), Home Health Care and Assisted living homes?
Caregivers assist seniors within their home. A number of services are available through Home Care Assistance, including services the seniors need to remain independent in their home. Your beloved senior can stay in their home longer, allowing them more freedom, while still getting help around the house to keep everything clean, help to keep the home safe for those with reduced mobility and help for those with memory or other issues that make it difficult to stay alone. With a caregiver, the senior gets the care they need to live, without having to give up the home they have lived in for years and is required move far from their family and friends.
Home health care assist seniors within their homes with medical issues. This means, elderly that needs constant medical assistance like injections, illness monitoring, physical therapy and general nursing care should opt-in for a home health care service. This type of service is not limited to only medical, a large aspect of the service also encompasses non-medical duties, like home care services. This type of assistance is often comparable to the level of care in general hospitals or skilled nursing facilities.
Assisted living homes assist seniors within a housing facility, usually with other seniors. The amount of care varies from medical and non-medical duties. In these homes, seniors are free to interact with other seniors in the facility with staff supervision. The level of supervision of course will depend on the level independence of the individual.
Caring for the Elderly with Dementia
Dementia involves a severe decline in a person's cognitive functioning, behavioral abilities, and social skills. The intensity of dementia symptoms can range from mild to the most severe stage when the disease impairs all aspects of the person's life, making them entirely dependent on others for basic activities of daily living (ADLs) and care.
The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease – 60 to 80 percent of dementia patients in the US have Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly but gradually destroys a person's cognitive skills and overall functioning.
Caring for a person with dementia can be challenging as dementia patients often suffer from anxiety, depression, agitation, and mood swings. People with dementia typically experience memory loss, poor decision-making and problem-solving, confusion about the place and time, apathy, aggression, delusions, and many other incapacitating symptoms.
When caring for someone with Alzheimer's, ensure that the person keeps their independence as long as possible.
A person who provides caregiving services to someone with dementia should be flexible and patient, able to communicate directly and softly, and keep the communication clear and concise. If caring for the aging person with dementia, make sure to provide care in a relaxed and friendly manner. The person with Alzheimer's will most likely notice your mood and can get sad, angry, or confused as a result of changes in your emotional state.
Avoid criticism and be supportive and reassuring. When the person gets agitated or aggressive, step back or try changing the dynamics of what you are doing to help them calm down.