Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care
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.
Alzheimer’s Patient Care
The single largest cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Surprisingly, 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. It was 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 our training.
Our Approach to Dementia Care
Advantage Home Care caregivers all possess nurturing 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 caregiving enhancements for these clients focuses 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
• Photographic and music memory cues
Help for Families
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.
I don’t know how I would have managed over the two years without the help provided by Rich Blumenthal and his wonderful caregivers at Advantage Home Care. I have been able to remain independent in my own apartment and have not needed to move to an assisted living facility. I can call Rich day or night and get the help I need.
No matter your age or physical condition, your body needs to move to stay healthy. Exercise for the elderly is one of the most important means of keeping not just bodies in tip-top shape — it helps keep minds healthy, too. And for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, stimulating the mind is key to slowing down the progress of mental decline, by clearing out amyloid plaques and repairing neural connections, according to recent research.
Few would deny the power music can have on emotional and mental well-being — even physical health. Studies have shown that music can not only boost mood and reduce stress, but listening to certain kinds of music may also improve mental function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
If you are caring for an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s likely that you often feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and cranky. And you’re probably really hard on yourself for feeling that way. Welcome to the world of caregiving. You are not alone.