Alzheimer's Disease and Caring for Loved Ones
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive disease, impacting on the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language, and over time, the symptoms become more severe.
The initial symptoms may be as minor as forgetting names or recent events, but as the disease progresses, the Alzheimer’s sufferer may wander, become anxious or even aggressive.
How can Comfort Keepers® help you manage the care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease?
Most people hope to age safely and comfortably in their own home, including those managing Alzheimer’s Disease. Many Alzheimer’s patients can safely stay in their own home for a period of time, and that’s where Comfort Keepers can provide care assistance. Many Comfort Keepers have been formally trained in how to provide in-home care for Alzheimer’s patients. This may include:
- Assisting the client with dressing or personal grooming
- Aiding the client in communication
- Improving eating habits with healthy meal planning
- Enhancing home safety by implementing measures to prevent wandering or driving
- And… much needed respite care for family members who may be primary care providers for the Alzheimer’s patient.
Contact your closest Comfort Keepers office to discuss the care of your loved one.
For more information visit Alzheimers Australia at http://www.alzheimers.org.au/