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.
My mother loves puzzles. The lower shelf of her plant stand is filled with ones she bought just over the past year at yard sales and second-hand stores. Boxes brimming with intricate, tiny pieces — 500, 1000, 2000. As soon as she got home, she’d sit down at her card table and, following the simple strategy she had perfected decades ago, began separating the edge pieces. She would start with gusto and intense concentration, but I think she only managed to finish one of the smaller ones, and not without some help.
The stigma of Alzheimer’s and dementia is strong, partly because of a lack of awareness and understanding about the disease. Sometimes it’s even strong in people dealing first-hand with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association has an equally strong opinion about why it’s important to fight stigma.