Home care, and In-home care, in particular, allows Alzheimer’s patients to avoid or delay hospitalization/institutionalization. Anyone who struggles with loneliness, confusion, and memory loss like Alzheimer’s patients usually do needs to feel safe, and the familiar setting presented by in-home care presents a sense of comfort that has been proven to improve the quality of life for these patients.
Staying engaged or active has also been shown to be beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients and other forms of dementia – it helps keep their heart, muscles, and joints in good shape, it helps them maintain a healthy weight, and it improves their cognitive health among many other benefits. Some activities, like maintaining day-to-day activities, music and art, indoor games, and exercise have been shown to be particularly beneficial for those with dementia, including those in the end stages of the disease.
Exercises and Activities That Can Be Beneficial for Alzheimer’s Patients
Activities that can be beneficial for a person with Alzheimer’s include any kind of activity the patient used to enjoy when he/she was well. Some suggestions include:
- Supervised aerobics and gym work
- Supervised housework
- Watching old TV shows and movies
- Discussing treasured recipes and cookbooks
- Looking through family photos
In-Home Care for Alzheimer’s Patients
Through affordable in-home care, anyone with Alzheimer’s can get the support they need, including cognitive and physical engagement. This kind of care is made available by home care agencies via a trained caregiver or a home care aide.
The diagnosis of Alzheimer hits the patient’s loved ones hard and many families often face difficult decisions when it comes to providing the kind of care required by their loved one. Healthcare providers often advice families against moving the patient to a memory care center or a nursing home as unfamiliar surroundings can trigger confusion, stress, anxiety, and agitation in Alzheimer’s patients, particularly those with dementia. In many cases, in-home care, which can either be in the form of non-medical care or home health care, turns out to be the best option, not only for the patient but for the family and other involved parties as well.
Astin Home Care makes it possible for Alzheimer’s patients to age in place while at the same time assisting the patient’s loved ones in coping with the disease. To help families find out if in-home care is a good fit for their loved one, we usually send one of our Registered Nurses to meet with them at the comfort of the patient’s home. That way, a thorough health assessment is conducted on the patient, while family members get to have their questions and concerns addressed one-on-one.
When it comes to engaging our clients or patients physically and cognitively, we always work with their healthcare providers to design a program that takes several things into account, including the patient’s health and other capabilities.
We have caregivers who have received an elevated level of training to specifically provide care to Alzheimer’s patients and people with various types of memory disorders. Each of our patients receives care according to their unique needs, personalities, and routines.
To learn more about Astin’s Alzheimer’s care services or to schedule a free assessment/health evaluation for your loved one, feel free to reach us through the information provided below.