Alzheimers and Dementia Care

Dementia is a syndrome, a set of symptoms indicating a neurological impairment. Dementia can be caused by numerous diseases, but Alzheimer’s disease is the underlying cause in 60% to 80% of dementia cases.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disabling neurological disorder that causes the person “we know” to virtually disappear before our eyes. The disease robs us of memory and reason and can affect extreme changes in mood and personality. Love and kindness are the keys to managing the dementia client. The experienced caregiver understands this complicated disease pathology and copes with a client’s abnormal behavior by patiently separating the client from the disease, and by identifying possible secondary causes such as health, social, or environmental factors. The dementia client always gets a free pass on behavioral symptoms. He/she literally has an eraser in the head.

A Family Member HomeCare has experienced caregivers working with dementia clients. Our caregivers and care companions receive specialized training in our offices by certified trainers from the Southeast Florida Alzheimer’s Association that provide “state of the art” dementia education with respect to communication, behavior, personal care, and activities. Training also covers exercises and activities that help to stimulate the client’s brain in order to help manage the specific stages of the disease.

The right caregiver:

• understands that it is the disease, not the client, that is the cause of the new behavior.
• manages the client by always remaining objective and calmly communicating using patience, understanding, love, and kindness.
• must avoid attempts at bringing the client into reality by denying the Client’s delusions, or raising the voice and arguing with the client. The client has a new reality and this must be respected. The right caregiver joins the client’s new reality, validates it, but then tries to distract, always trying to maintain a safe and protective environment.

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