Dementia (dementia) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can be a major burden on the lives of an older person as well as all people in his immediate family. People close to them require compassion and empathy. Caregiving for those with dementia is a lengthy (4 year or longer) difficult and important job. There are many close family members and family members can handle the burden on their own.
To assist you, we’ve developed our Dementia and Asthma Care program specifically for the 3 levels of disease. Caregivers for dementia and Alzheimer’s have the necessary abilities and have worked with patients or are certified by the Home Care Center.
The patients with dementia at this point of the disease don’t need assistance from a nursing assistant They are mostly independent and are able to manage their own needs (can put on clothes, bathe and walk by themselves). It is essential to ensure that he has the desire to be independent to the maximum extent possible.
At this point, an older person might be able to only require short-term monitoring such as to taking medicine and heating food in order that it doesn’t burn taking a trip to the clinic to see a doctor and taking tests, as well as paying the bills to rent an apartment.
The best choice is working 3-4 hour shifts ( Companion Program ).
Treatment in the middle stage of the disease
The stage at this point of the illness is the longest. It generally will last for a long time. As the illness progresses the patient requires increasing amounts of professional assistance.
The most important responsibilities of the caregiver for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in this stage are:
- the organization and execution of a clearly defined daily routine;
- Monitoring the health of the ward, and promptly communicating with relatives about any changes in the independence of the patient, behaviors as well as the progress of condition;
- Control of the behavior of Ward;
- Making sure that the patient is safe to move around the home and organizing the area surrounding the Ward (items which the patient could require should be within reach);
- assistance with dressing (the patient might forget the dressing process, not be aware of the necessity to change clothing, or appear undressed);
- warming food up and regulating eating habits, assistance when needed (dementia sufferers frequently forget to eat and may not know how to use a spoon or fork);
- supervision over the mandatory execution of hygiene practices (wards might forget to wash and may not realize the need or forget how to wash) If necessary aid them. Make sure that wards know to go to the toilet.
- Elimination of anything that could create anxiety, stress, and stimulation. Inspiring the ward to do tasks that were part of the everyday life for the ward, such as cooking and taking care of the garden, listening radio, listening to music walking, singing, walking;
- Organization of physical activities that are feasible (walks and physiotherapy exercises in agreement by the physician);
- management of leisure activities, which includes the need for intellectual work to maintain memory and fine motor abilities.
- creating a positive, emotional background for the patient.
At this point in the disease, the decision on the length of time for the responsibility is contingent on the condition of the person who is ill. lives on his own or with family members and on the capacity of family members to visit with the patient, how they can do to help, and on the extent to which assistance is required. It usually takes five hours or more to live with relatives.
Caring for someone who has advanced dementia
The primary task of a nurse in the course of the illness is to maintain the dignity and the quality of life of the patient who is dependent on the outside world. In general, one loses the capacity to communicate and communicate needs, however, the essence of his character remains.
Nurses’ responsibilities when taking care of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia at this stage, mainly depend on whether the patient can be moved independently or not. Thus, we develop an Individual Care Plan (IPM) that will, along with the duties of a nurse as mentioned above, can include activities to care for the bed-bound patient.
In addition to the responsibilities of a caregiver as mentioned above it is also a requirement to be able to provide a Dementia program as well as an Asthma Care program including the household care that is provided at home:
- Cooking and warming food items;
- cleaning dishes, emptying the garbage, putting things in order within the ward’s room (wet cleaning the floor and the horizontal surfaces, aiding in cleaning the bed and the things in the ward), and airing
- washing clothes in an automated washing machine and shopping for groceries, if needed.