If your loved one is suffering from dementia it can be difficult not only for them but for you as well. The Alzheimer’s Organization defines dementia as:
“A decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, early signs of dementia include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty communicating
- Inability to learn or remember new information
- Difficulty with planning and organizing
- Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
- Personality changes
- Inability to reason
- Inappropriate behavior
It’s important that if you have a loved one suffering from this illness that you get them the dementia care they need in their home. It’s easy for a person with dementia to get confused, to wander off, and to feel severely frightened. For many family members, leaving their job to care for a loved one with dementia is not an option. However, not all families want their loved one placed into a senior living facility. Familiar surroundings can be a comfort to someone suffering from dementia. So it would only seem appropriate to get them a dementia care specialist to take care of them when you can’t.
People suffering from dementia can experience all sorts of emotions and their personalities can often change from one extreme to another. You can’t bring in just anyone to take care of someone suffering from this illness. You need a caregiver that is experienced in this area. Someone who can handle the personality changes, the agitation and sometimes paranoid behavior that can accompany dementia.
Your loved one has no control over their behavior at times. Their mind is affected by this illness and it is out of their control. Naturally no one would want to have dementia. Caring for someone with this illness can be very stressful for family members. To see a loved one go from a happy and fulfilled individual living a quality and productive life to someone who doesn’t recognize their family half the time and whose personality has changed drastically can be overwhelming. Sometimes it’s like you don’t recognize the person before you.
We’ve all seen the news stories where a loved one suffering from some form of dementia has wandered off and gotten lost. In most cases they are found and returned safely to their home and loved ones. However, there are times when this can place them in very dangerous situations that they are not fully aware of. Getting lost becomes a matter of life and death when you’re dealing with someone suffering with dementia. This is why having a companion to care for them when you can’t is vital . Companions will make sure that your loved one is taking all of their medications and that their basic as well as medical needs are taken care of. You can have peace of mind in knowing your loved one is in good hands until you can be with them.
To learn more about having a dementia care companion take care of your loved one contact us at:
Comfort Keepers Santa Clarita
23900 Lyons Ave.
Santa Clarita, CA, 91321