Although scores of senior loved ones are struggling with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, a far greater number of family members are trying to cope with taking care of them. Interestingly, nearly 75% of family care providers are managing their senior loved ones’ dementia care needs on their own, with only 26% seeking professional care support.
Naturally, families want to do all they can to fulfill their loved ones’ needs, but dementia caregiving can lead to an incredibly high level of both mental and physical stress. This takes a toll on the caretakers’ own health and wellness over time, especially once the disease advances. And some family members believe there is an all-or-nothing strategy: either oversee their senior loved one’s needs in the home, or confront moving him or her into residential care.
However, Atlanta Home Care Partners has an alternative that’s advantageous for seniors with dementia along with their family caregivers: the addition of a knowledgeable in-home dementia caregiver to offer as much or as little respite care as needed. Here’s why we believe dementia care in the home is best:
- Highly skilled care. Because our caregivers are both trained and knowledgeable with the many intricate areas of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, they will proactively handle and more successfully manage even the most difficult of behaviors, like wandering, aggression, sundowning, and others.
- Improved safety. The potential risk of accidents is elevated for people with dementia. Even something that seems as uncomplicated as helping your family member into the shower or onto the toilet can cause a dangerous fall risk. Skilled care providers know just how to watch out for and avoid falls, keeping both you and your loved one safe from personal injury.
- Sustainable aging in place. Very often, family caregivers become so stressed attempting to meet each one of a senior loved one’s needs in tandem with their own that a change to a residential dementia care facility looks certain. Yet partnering with a professional dementia in-home caregiver opens up the possibility of long-term, beneficial care at home.
- Ease of mind. Understanding your senior loved one is in qualified hands allows you to take a breath, relax, and step away from the demands of caregiving for the much-needed breaks that decrease stress as well as the prospect of caregiver burnout and depression.
It is a good idea to explore in-home dementia care possibilities as early in the disease as you possibly can, to allow for a more seamless transition and to make sure your family member has the best care from the very beginning. Contact us online or call us at (404) 228-0103 to ask about a consultation from the comfort of home, and we can design a highly customized plan of care which will maximize wellbeing for your senior loved one. We look forward to showing you how we provide the kind of professional dementia care and respite care Decatur, GA families recommend most. To learn more about all of the area we serve in the Greater Atlanta area (both ITP and OTP!), please visit our Service Area page.