Caregiving is a challenging job for anyone. For someone with Alzheimer’s, caregivers have an especially difficult job. Not only do people with Alzheimer’s disease require high-level care, they can also be confrontational, moody, and forget who you are. This may lead you to feeling unappreciated, frustrated and cause burnout or medical exhaustion.
Care needs specific to Alzheimer’s can last for years, and family caregivers need to make sure they’re making time for their own needs as well as those of their loved ones. Failing to practice self-care while caregiving increases the risk of burnout and leads some family caregivers to develop lasting health problems.
ALZ’smart DEMENTIA CARE TRAINING by ANGEL COMPANIONS is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association* for incorporating the evidenced-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topic areas: Alzheimer’s and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning, activities of daily living, and behaviors and communication
*The Alzheimer’s Association statement of recognition is not an endorsement of the professional training or evaluation of the care pro-vided by the facility.
While we hear of Alzheimer’s and Dementia as though these are interchangeable terms, it is important to understand that Alzheimer’s is really a form of Dementia. Actually, there are other less heard-of forms of Dementia called Picks Disease and Lewy Bodies Disease.
Pick’s disease is a relatively rare form of dementia. Patients with Pick’s initially exhibit marked personality and behavioral changes, and then a decline in the ability to speak coherently.
Lewy Bodies Dementia is a type of dementia characterized by the presence of Lewy Bodies, which are nervous system inclusions. These can mimic symptoms such as Parkinson’s as well as typical Alzheimer’s.
Caring for a loved one suffering from one of these debilitating diseases requires caregivers that are knowledgeable and sensitive to those with these afflictions. Angel Companions Senior Care is fortunate to have a large number of skilled caregivers in Atlanta with extensive experience in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s.
Our caregivers are trained to deal with verbal and physical aggression. They know when and how to diffuse confrontation which normally resolves itself in minutes. In home caregivers know that it is most important to provide a calming approach to all care.
Our caregivers are trained to:
- Provide constant supervision for safety. Patients tend to wander off, so watchful supervision is a MUST
- Provide interaction to exercise the mind with games and other activity
- Take walks in pleasant surroundings and conduct activities that are fun
- Provide nutritious and proper diet
- Monitor and document changes in behavior
- Provide mental cueing in a positive and compassionate manner
Providing this in home Dementia care and Alzheimer’s Care in their homes and familiar surroundings is most important to the patient’s quality of life. Angel Companions will also customize the care (click to see our in home senior services) to accommodate the care best suited to meet the specific needs of the patient. Those individuals who require in home elder care for Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
At Angel Companions Senior Care our caregivers are experienced in assisting a wide variety of people in need of non-medical home care services, such as: