Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia Care

Older woman with daughter

Specialized Care for
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

According to professional estimates, half of all people over the age of 85 experience some type of dementia. Unlike other in-home caregiving companies, Advantage Home Care ensures that our caregivers are trained to assist seniors with varying forms of dementia. We can help guide you from assessment through treatment.

The single largest cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, and seventy percent of this population lives at home. With the continued rise of long term care costs and recognition of the benefits of remaining in the home, home care will likely continue as the preference for clients and their families.

Home Care for seniors afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia requires a special skill set that Advantage caregivers have acquired through training provided by the Maine chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

This training is based on  a model of training called Habilitation Therapy developed by Dr. Paul Raia, the Vice-President of Clinical services at the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and Joanne Koenig-Coste, the author of “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s”, a well known book on the disease. This curriculum has been taught in nursing homes, assisted living communities, adult day programs and home care and hospice settings.  In addition Advantage Home Care has incorporated the care strategies and the real life experiences of noted Maine Alzheimer’s care trainer and consultant Darlene Field into its implementation of the training.

Advantage Home Care caregivers all possess characteristics such as patience, creativity, and flexibility that are necessary to help improve the quality of life experienced by someone living within the limits imposed by these conditions.  Our care giving enhancements for these clients focus upon proven techniques designed to foster feelings of confidence and success in daily living.  Specific activities successfully employed by our caregivers include:

  • Memory games
  • Conceptual puzzles and problem solving
  • Scrap booking
  • Journaling
  • Photographic and music memory cues

Many families struggle with a lack of understanding of these disorders and confusion regarding treatment options and environments.  Let us guide you and your loved one through the evaluation process, assessment, and treatment plan.  More and more Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are functioning well at home with expertise provided by skilled and trained home care professionals like our caregivers at Advantage.

If you are seeing cognitive changes in your loved one, let us know. We can help assess the situation. Please call 207-699-2570 or the number above or email us.