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How to Help a Loved One with Serious Dementia

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Dementia care | Comments Off on How to Help a Loved One with Serious Dementia

How to Help a Loved One with Serious Dementia

Dealing with any serious illness can be beyond daunting and especially heavy when concerning a loved one. One of the many serious diseases that can create quite a heavy burden amongst those afflicted, and those affected by it, is dementia. Helping a loved one find peace amongst the fear and immobility that comes with the illness is one of the best ways to show your love for them. Those living with serious dementia need constant attention and care to provide them the necessary support to continue living their lives in the best and most comfortable way possible. One way to do that is to provide home care assistance to them so they can stay where they are comfortable while getting great professional and medical care whenever it may be needed. Serious dementia affects the cognitive abilities our bodies need to perform everyday functions from impairing routine behaviors like language skills, memory and reasoning to preventing routine activities like dressing and feeding one’s self. This decline in health and bodily control creates a kind of void in the person suffering from dementia that can lead to fearful or paranoid behaviors as well as further health decline. It is important to be aware of how to deal with the disease as well as how to Here are a few things you could do to help your loved one with the serious stages of dementia: Be patient and accommodating to their changing minds and daily functions. This step may seem easy when thinking of helping someone you love go through any illness; however, when dealing with dementia, the truth is that the same issues may (and will) continue to occur at a much more persistent rate. For instance, simple tasks like putting away laundry, remembering to perform daily hygienic maintenance, and even remembering who you are sound like simple things for someone who is not dealing with this debilitating illness, but when assisting someone who consistently forgets who you are and needs to re-acclimate to their beloved home and family, that becomes a much more daunting and exhausting task for those who care for their family. Actively practicing patience and being kinder than normal will help to keep the person with dementia from considering you harmful or a stranger when the times come for their memory to fail them. Research and actively seek home care specialists and agencies to provide further support for your loved one. Now, this one may seem as if you are asking strangers to give you support when you may think you can handle it on your own, but home care agencies are there to support your loved one as much as they are there to support you. It is essential to have all eyes and ears on the person with serious dementia in order to best provide them with the best care and comfort they can get. Their minds need constant supplementary assistance to deter the dementia from moving too rapidly through their minds. If you live in the Charlotte, NC area, a great home care agency to recommend would be Comprehensive Home Care and they provide great support and professional specialists to give you and your loved one the peace of mind that comes with having an extra defense against the fear and isolation that can come with dementia. Join a group or create a close group of those with loved ones suffering from serious dementia as you are. When someone is going through a rough time, it is always great to gain added support from those who completely understand what you are going through. This...

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A few signs of dementia and how to deal with it

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Dementia care, Senior Services Charlotte NC | Comments Off on A few signs of dementia and how to deal with it

A few signs of dementia and how to deal with it

According to some statistics there are over 35 million people in the world suffering from dementia and their number is increasing because the world population is aging more than ever. Dementia is a syndrome (group of signs and symptoms) which is characterized by cognitive decline and significant behavioral changes that disrupt the daily activities of people and this condition is caused primarily by brain diseases. The risk of appearance of dementia significantly grows when a person reaches 60 years. Dementia is not a disease, but a large group of diverse diseases. Of course, the most common and best known is Alzheimer’s disease or AD and nearly 60% of patients suffering from dementia have AD. The most evident sign of this disease is forgetfulness. This disease can affect every brain function and different people have different symptoms or a combination of them – difficulties in speech, thinking, lack of attention, moodiness and other functions. For the diagnosis of dementia to be complete and final it is important to identify outages in at least two independent areas (like attention and memory or mood and speech). It is good to point out that in some diseases related to dementia, forgetfulness doesn’t have to be present (frontotemporal dementia). Forgetfulness is not something that is “exclusive” for older people. But, most of us asks the same question when we notice forgetfulness – is this a regular forgetfulness that can happen in anyone or are we developing a disease? Memory is here to provide the knowledge of the past to any person. Memory can be described as a tool of continuity not only for individuals, but for the human race too. The most common cause of pathological forgetfulness is dementia or the diseases that occur due to deterioration of brain cells. Supervision of a demented person practically lasts 24 hours a day and over time people who take care of these persons have less time for their personal life. The disease is slowly progressing and many demented patients need to be placed in nursing homes or similar institutions because of the inability to provide proper care and medical care at home. However, in the past few years home care services are getting quite popular because the patients don’t have to leave their home in order to get professional help. The caregivers can visit the patients whenever it is necessary. In this way the quality of life of the patient and the quality of life of their family will be improved. Although some people may think that these services are expensive, the money they spend on various medications and other products that ease the patient’s pains will be significantly reduced. Patients and family members must receive through and understandable information about the symptoms of the disease according to its stages, what kind of preventive measures they can take and what they can expect in the future. The existence of patients suffering from dementia can disturb the relations between family members and that’s why it is the best idea to look for a professional help through a home care...

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