One of Blue Water Homecare’s key service areas is dementia care for seniors. Our experienced team of providers are experts in caring for individuals with memory-related issues.
An estimated 6.2 million Americans ages 65 years and older are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia.
What Is Dementia?
Dementia refers to the general term used to describe someone’s inability to remember, think, or make decisions due to changes occurring in the brain. It typically strikes older adults and can interfere with common daily activities, affecting:
- Memory (especially short-term memory)
- Reasoning, judgment or problem solving
- Visual or depth perception
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Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia
More than 80 percent of seniors living with dementia are cared for at home by a family member or friend.
Caring for an elderly loved one who is experiencing memory loss is something most people are very willing to do, but evidence shows that overseeing this type of long-term, at-home care can take its toll on the caregiver, causing “care fatigue.” Ongoing time spent caring for your senior – no matter how great your dedication – can lead to neglect of your own self-care and also potential bouts of anxiety or depression.
Blue Water Homecare can provide valuable assistance and the healthy break you might need.
How Can Blue Water Homecare Meet Your Dementia Care Needs?
Our highly trained nursing staff at Blue Water Homecare has decades of experience caring for memory patients. We are active in the Austin-area community by serving on the boards of various organizations dedicated to the advancement of Alzheimer’s research.
The fundamentals of Alzheimer’s and dementia care are also included in the training for all of our other Home Care Services.
We know that elder patients who are able to keep their typical routines in their familiar surroundings respond more positively to care.
Blue Water Homecare comes to you so that your loved one can stay at home.
We offer private, in-home care for those living with dementia to ensure that they are safe, healthy, and comfortable as they navigate their days.
Compatibility, trust and comfort with a routine in-home caregiver is also extremely important for those living memory loss, so we will make every effort to ensure a successful match.
Other areas we will work with your family to best achieve your care goals include:
- Services needed
- Coordination with other caregivers or medical providers
Dementia Care Services We Offer
Below are services Blue Water Homecare provides that are particularly helpful for individuals with memory care diagnoses:
- Escort to Appointments
- Rehabilitation Compliance
- Medication Reminders
- Sitter Services
- Other Customizable Needs
What Does a Sample Care Plan for Dementia Look Like?
Some of the services we might perform during the course of an eight-hour care shift include:
- Grooming (teeth brushed or dentures cleaned)
- Meal preparation for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and healthy snacks
- Meal planning for the next day
- Grocery shopping
- Encouraging hydration (as dehydration is common with dementia)
- Medication reminder
- Errands with or without client
- Memory games
- Assisting with an exercise plan