Can My Parent with Alzheimer’s Receive Care at Home?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is progressive disease that causes changes in the brain that can affect a senior’s ability to function normally. These changes lead to growing problems with memory, disorientation, speaking, writing, thinking, and reasoning, planning and performing everyday tasks. For this reason, New Hampshire Home Care Assistance provides specialized Alzheimer’s care plans to assist patients.

Alzheimer’s disease also causes behavior and personality changes. People with dementia may experience depression, anxiety, mood swings and social withdrawal. They may grow increasingly stubborn, irritable or aggressive. Many of them have trouble sleeping and start wandering. Those with Alzheimer’s disease generally distrust others.

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is very demanding, both physically and emotionally. Family caregivers often have feelings of guilt, anger, frustration and discouragement. They worry about their loved one and feel a heavy sense of grief. The physical and emotional stress of caring for someone with dementia leads many people to seek outside support. From home care and adult day services, to assisted living centers and nursing homes, many families choose long-term care for their loved ones.

Home Care for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s or related dementia receive home care. It is essential for the personal care of the patient and it provides the family with support and relief. Finding the best care is not always easy, however. The Alzheimer’s Association does not refer or endorse home care workers or agencies, but it provides resources to help families make caregiving decisions.

At home care New Hampshire and other independent home care agencies, connect families with caregivers who provide home health care for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease. Home care services include personal care, medication reminders, transportation and companionship. Many home care agencies also have communication systems that provide daily reports through a secure family web portal.

Many insurance policies include coverage for long-term home health care and personal care services. Medicare typically pays for skilled care services and Medicaid covers at least some home care services. Geriatric care managers and social service workers can provide information on home care agencies and insurance coverage.

Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire caregivers are specially trained in habilitation therapy for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. They focus on a person’s remaining abilities and encourage positive, uplifting emotions.

Client safety and happiness are the top priorities for home care workers and companions. They focus on the independence and morale of people with Alzheimer’s disease and they encourage family members to do the same.