Whether your loved one has recently been diagnosed or their symptoms are progressing, you may be wondering how to care for Alzheimer’s at home or when to seek in-home care services for dementia. Not only is your loved one likely to be more comfortable staying at home as long as possible, but long-term care facility residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are at greater risk of falls, wandering and other chronic illnesses.
In general, there are four different types of in-home memory care. Home care companies may offer one or more of the following services:
While medical home care and non-medical home care for Alzheimer’s or dementia sound like two terms for the same thing, the services are quite different. Home care includes non-medical care such as companionship, transportation, housekeeping, and assistance with activities of daily living.
Medical home care encompasses services provided by healthcare professionals such as wound care, injections, physical therapy, and other medical concerns.
Since Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are progressive, there will likely come a time when your loved one will fail to care for themselves properly. Here are some signs that your loved one may benefit from home care:
Choosing the best dementia home care service can be stressful. Here are some questions you should ask as you search for the right memory home care service for your loved one :
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This is care that primarily focuses on helping our seniors to stay in their homes, with their routines but with pockets of extra help. In home care provides practical support with a personal touch. Our compassionate caregivers will assist elderly clients with common activities of daily living like cooking together, light housekeeping, errands and transportation.
We have specific guidelines that we must follow as a non-medical service provider. Our clients must be fairly mobile, as we can only provide limited help with stabilization and transferring. We also cannot administer medications, but only provide reminders to our clients unless medications are in a blister pack.
Most often, the responsibility of care falls upon loved ones suddenly, and the responsibility can be very challenging and strenuous, and overwhelming on the caregiver. Using the services of Serving Hands allows seniors to get the support and care they need and relieves loved ones of the stress or guilt. Our compassionate caregivers allow families to be able to enjoy wives being wives, or children being children and not have to carry the care burden alone. However, you know your family best and we want to work together with you towards providing the best assistance your loved one needs and desires, so that our clients are comfortable with our role as their caregiver, giving families peace of mind.
Getting started with Serving Hands Senior Care is easy. Finding home care for yourself or a loved one often begins with one simple question – “Where do I begin?” By answering a few questions about who needs care and their current situation, our online “Get Started” form will help our staff get connected with your family to discuss your needs. OR call our office @780-963-1516
Whether home care is required immediately, or you’re simply researching options, Serving Hands Senior Care is a great place to start. Talk to our caring staff today for a FREE care consultation.
A Care Coordinator will then create custom care plan. This care plan will be personalized according to your loved one’s unique care needs and preferences. Once the consultation and care plan are complete, Serving Hands Senior Care will then match you with a caregiver.
Bathing and Grooming
At Serving Hands Senior Care, our Alzheimer’s care workers help you look and feel your best. They make bath time, grooming and personal care services just right for enhancing mental as well physical wellbeing. Feeling clean and fresh not only cleanses the skin but also provides relaxation and stimulates circulation, as well as enhancing self-esteem.
Repositioning and Transferring
Our caregivers are trained to move and place clients in correct posture / position so they can promote better health. This reduces the risk of skin damage, encourages proper breathing patterns, takes stress off pressure points, and helps with digestion.
Toileting and Incontinence Assistance
At Serving Hands Senior Care, our caregivers respectfully, and gently care for seniors, helping them maintain dignity while they get help with toileting and incontinence issues. Because we use a dignified approach and a caring attitude- our caregivers help to decrease embarrassment surrounding the need for assistance related to incontinence and toileting.
Feeding and Nutrition
Seniors may need help feeding themselves or even being prompted to eat. This loss of natural hunger urges or of functional ability can be physically and mentally challenging to accept. We understand this and take the time to turn mealtime into an enjoyable experience.
Serving Hands caregivers help seniors stay on specific diets to assist with a wide variety of medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Our caregivers enable clients to have a well-balanced meal that provides the nutrition needed for staying active and preventing further disease issues.
Yes, we do try to keep the same caregiver visiting our clients each time. It allows them to build a relationship of trust with their clients. However, if a client requires more than 6hrs/week of care we will then generally assign 2-4 caregivers.
During a selection process we conduct a telephone interview, followed by an interview in person. All candidates must also have an in-depth criminal record check, including the vulnerable sector search, and have a minimum of 2 professional business references and be bondable. Our caregivers are all insured and are covered by WCB.
It is possible, as there are different insurance plans that cover our services. Always verify with your own insurance company what coverage is available to you before using any health services. Clients are responsible for reimbursement from their insurance company as Serving Hands is not able to work directly with insurance companies at this time.
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Find out which benefits you qualify for @ www.canadabenefits.gc.ca
Alberta Seniors Benefit Program (Special Needs Assistance for Seniors – SNA)
The Office of Alberta Health Advocate:
Compassionate Care Benefits 1-800-206-7218
You may receive benefits if you have to be absent from work to provide care to a gravely ill family member at risk of dying.
Alzheimer Society of Canada (Dementia)
The Arthritis Society
Canadian Diabetes Association 1-800-226-8464
Canadian Cancer Society Helpline
Find a Physician
Parkinson Society of Canada
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Veteran Affairs Canada 1-866-522-2122
Veterans Review and Appeal Board 1-800-450-8006
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Personal Care Services
Companionship – at home, hospital or care facility
Serving Hands Senior Care provides 24-hour home care and compassionate caregivers so you have the peace of mind knowing your loved ones are covered. We are an AHS approved vendor for the Client Directed Home Care Invoicing Program.