Alzheimer's Care in Pekin, IL
Specialized Alzheimer's Care for seniors in the Pekin area.
Alzheimer’s disease is a specific form of dementia that impacts the brain by causing myriad nerve cells to die. As a result, a person’s memory and thought processes are disrupted and lost. As the disease progresses, a person with Alzheimer's will lose their ability to concentrate, lose track of where they are, forget people and places, and eventually be unable to control their body. During this progression, seniors will have a hard time taking care of themselves, especially of they live alone or with another person who has their own difficulties, such as an aged spouse. This is where Alzheimer's care comes in.
Alzheimer's Care in Pekin, IL
Alzheimer's care is a specialized form of home care the focuses on the progressive needs of a person with Alzheimer's. Initially, many of the care services may be similar to those any other senior may need: light housekeeping, laundry, cooking, medication management, transportation, and so forth. During the later stages of the disease, seniors will also need personal care support, such as assistance with toileting, bathing, grooming, and dressing.
Because Alzheimer's disease disrupts a person's ability to orient themselves in space and time, remember information, and make rational decisions, seniors in the later stages of Alzheimer's will require help remaining safe. This often turns into 24-hour care with round-the-clock supervision as checks on the stove and oven, water faucets, appliances, and even silverware need to be frequent. Alzheimer's care personnel are adept at following seniors without causing them distress. They are also able to help make the home a safer environment. This often entails placing locks high up on doors that head outside or into areas the senior should not go, removing locks or even doors on places seniors could lock themselves into, hiding knives and other sharp objects, gating off open stairways, and so forth.
Seniors with Alzheimer's are also more susceptible to falls. A fall-risk analysis with a few follow-up modifications can greatly reduce the risk of a fall. Some common fixes include adding railings to hallways; clearing clutter, cables, cords, and loose rugs from walkways; improving lighting, often with motion sensors; placing grab bars near the toilet and in the shower, etc.
Alzheimer's care personnel can also work with family caregivers and other family members on creating a safety journal. Some of the items that should be in the journal are emergency phone numbers (doctors, poison control, emergency family contacts), medications (what, how much, how taken, when taken), and a list of any other health concerns your loved one faces. In the event of an emergency, you will not have time to gather this data, and your loved one will not be able to provide this information for themselves.
In short, family caregivers can provide much care and support for their loved one with Alzheimer's disease, but professional Alzheimer's care can make this task significantly easier and more expedient as wheels do not need to be reinvented. Further, and perhaps most importantly, professional caregivers can perform tasks and chores that allow family members to maximize quality time with their loved one.
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