It’s often taken for granted that if someone receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis or a diagnosis of another related dementia that they have no choice but to move into a nursing home or receive around the clock home care. After all, it is not possible for someone with cognitive decline to continue to reside at home, particularly when they live alone – or is it?
Research shows that many of us will have to consider this for an aging loved one, or maybe even for ourselves one day. Approximately 14 million older adults are currently living at home alone – 33% with dementia, and 15% specifically with Alzheimer’s disease. Even more troubling, half of this population not just lives alone, but has no identified care provider.
There are a multitude of concerns for an aging loved one who wants to live alone with dementia, including:
- A heightened susceptibility to exploitation and senior scams
- The ability to manage activities of daily living on their own, for example, meals, personal hygiene, household management, and problem-solving
- The isolation that arises from a concern with unfamiliar places and situations as confusion increases
Yet we also know that remaining at home throughout aging for someone with Alzheimer’s provides numerous positive benefits, including:
- The ability to keep regular routines, making life navigation easier
- The convenience of familiar surroundings and belongings, which offers stability
- Self-identity that comes through preserving a feeling of belonging
Introducing a specially trained dementia caregiver who can provide the ideal amount of support to promote as much freedom and independence as possible, while making sure of safety and wellbeing, is a viable option to allow seniors to live alone with dementia.
The sooner you can integrate a dementia caregiver into the life of an aging adult who has dementia, the better. Even in the very earliest stages of the condition, the progression can occur quickly, at which time the transition to care would have to happen as soon as possible. By starting slowly with only a small amount of assistance, perhaps with meals, housework, and laundry, you can then work up to an increased level of care easily as needed.
At Atlanta Home Care Partners, we establish a personalized care plan that is reviewed and modified as needed ongoing – so whether the need is for just a couple hours every week of assistance, or full-time, 24/7 care, we can help seniors continue to live at home for a lifetime.
Our professionally trained Alzheimer’s care team can ensure safety and comfort throughout each stage of the condition, easing challenges such as:
- Cognitive challenges
- And much more
The expert caregivers at Atlanta Home Care Partners can help make it possible for seniors to live alone with dementia by providing the mental stimulation, social interaction, and encouragement to remain physically active which all result in a much better quality of life. If you need senior care in Atlanta or the surrounding areas, call us at (404) 228-0103 or contact us online for a complimentary consultation to learn more about how we can help someone you love continue to live where it is most comfortable – at home – for a lifetime.