Dementia Care at Home: What You Should Know

If you have a loved one that has recently been diagnosed with dementia, you may be understandably concerned and worried about their health and well-being. Dementia is a hard diagnosis to deal with and accept, but there are treatments that can help and supportive care available. Get to know some of the important facts about dementia care at home (rather than in a nursing home or other facility). Then, you can better decide on the type of dementia care your loved one should receive to help them stay as healthy and as safe as possible. 

Home Dementia Care Can Be 24/7

One of the issues that many people have with the idea of home care is that they assume caregivers will only come in during certain hours. This is true if you hire one individual to care for your loved one. However, if you work with a home care services provider, you can get your loved one up to 24-hour care. Round the clock care is available through these services because your loved one will have multiple caregivers come in throughout the day. This will ensure that not only do they have care providers at any hour, but they have care providers that stay awake 24/7 to ensure that your loved one is safe and secure. 

Home Dementia Care Can Include Trips to Appointments

It can be hard for you to take off work and take the time during the day to take your loved one with dementia to all of their doctor's appointments. If you hire a home care service, they can actually take your loved one to the doctor for you. They will accompany your loved one to their appointments, providing transportation. They can also (with permission from the family) go in with your loved one in their appointments to get all of the necessary information to share with the family. This type of accompaniment will often require written permission provided to the doctor by the family. 

Home Dementia Care Will Ensure Your Loved One Takes Their Medications

One of the best things about having home dementia care is that your loved one will always get their medications on time. Caregivers can administer meds and/or remind your loved one that it is time to take them. That way, your loved one will stay as healthy as possible. 

Now that you know a bit more about dementia care at home, you can start contacting home care service providers to meet with you and your loved one as soon as possible.