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
Dementia Care for Your
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
Blue Water Homecare provides services that are particularly helpful for individuals with memory care diagnoses, such as:
- Escort to Appointments
- Rehabilitation Compliance
- Medication Reminders
- Sitter Services
- Other Customizable Needs
What Does a Sample Dementia Care Plan
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
Dementia Care FAQ
How do I know if dementia care is what my loved one needs?
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging for families, despite the commitment to keeping a loved one at home. It can be overwhelming and stressful and, sometimes, as a caregiver, you simply need a break for your own health and well-being. Choosing to bring a dementia caregiver into your home, or your loved ones’, allows you to maintain their care and a normal routine. Our highly trained caregivers can provide the quality care your loved one needs in a familiar environment, while also giving you a chance to rest and recharge.
What services are available through dementia care?
Dementia care services incorporate a wide variety of different tasks that help you and your loved one accomplish daily activities. Dementia care services can include:
- Assistance with bathing and dressing
- Meal preparation
- Grocery shopping
- Making sure regular hydration is encouraged
- Mediation reminders
- Assisting with exercise programs
- Simple companionship
- Custom services as needed
How can dementia care benefit me and my loved ones?
Dementia care providers have expertise in the specific needs and challenges associated with dementia. They can deliver personalized care that addresses cognitive, physical, and emotional aspects of the condition while ensuring the safety and well-being of your loved one. Caregivers can monitor their activities, prevent accidents, and respond promptly to any emergencies. Overall, dementia care aims to enhance the quality of life of both your loved one and family caregivers.
What is the difference between home healthcare and dementia care?
Home healthcare is designed to provide medical support, such as physical therapy or medication administration. Dementia care is a non-medical service that is designed to help care for your loved one in a home environment through tasks such as meal planning, medication reminders, and ensuring the safety of your loved one so they can live at home as long as possible.
What happens if my caregiver isn’t a good match for my loved one?
At Blue Water Homecare, we have high standards when selecting our dementia care professionals and do our best to find the right fit for your family. In order to provide the best care, it is important that you and your loved one feel safe and comfortable with their caregiver. If, for some reason, there is not a good connection, we will work with you to find another caregiver that meets your needs.