Understanding Alzheimer’s Progression and the Care Required

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Home health care for patients with Alzheimer’s is more specialized than standard home health care for seniors. Caring for a senior with a degenerative brain disease can be demanding, so when seeking in-home health care, it’s best to find a specialist familiar with the stages of the disease.

Home Health Care Loudonville OH - Understanding Alzheimer’s Progression and the Care Required

Home Health Care Loudonville OH – Understanding Alzheimer’s Progression and the Care Required

Alzheimer’s patients move through several stages of the disease over the course of many years. Not all patients progress at the same rate, but they will experience similar milestones, and their care needs will evolve as the disease progresses.

Early stage

This is the most independent stage and patients in this stage are usually able to go about their daily life with little to no change. Home care providers in this stage usually help patients by setting up a routine and supervising things like household chores and safety, medication intake and appointments. This stage of Alzheimer’s is the necessary planning stage, since the disease is degenerative and cannot be cured.

Middle stage

During middle-stage Alzheimer’s, more care is required since memory becomes more affected. Mood swings are common and reasoning skills can be diminished. At this stage, it is difficult to recognize unfamiliar faces or navigate out of an unfamiliar area. Patients with middle-stage Alzheimer’s require assistance with daily living, hygiene, medication intake and managing the household. A regular routine is part of what a home health care provider delivers at this stage to help minimize stress and anxiety.

Late stage

During late-stage Alzheimer’s, regular supervision is required and drop-in visits are no longer adequate to keep seniors at this stage healthy and safe. In some cases, at this point it is best to move into a memory care facility where seniors can be supervised and protected. Late-stage manifests with extreme confusion, possible hallucinations, difficulty communicating verbally and unpredictable behavior.

Benefits of a home health care provider

Having a home health care provider who is experienced in handling patients with Alzheimer’s is crucial to their safety and wellness.

Being able to understand the disease, recognize signs of progression or changes in behavior and having the patience to interact with someone with the disease all contribute to the senior’s well-being.

Caregivers also sometimes require a break or professional help because patients with Alzheimer’s are very labor intensive. The process of handling and managing the disease can be an emotional one.

Staying in-home can improve senior well-being

In-home care also puts off the need to move the senior to a care facility. Keeping them in familiar surroundings can help reduce levels of stress and anxiety and keep seniors calm and happy.

Additionally, being in a familiar area can provide other resources, such as friends and neighbors, who can check on seniors and make sure they are doing okay.

Home health care has many advantages for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. The one-on-one care provided by an expert can help reduce feelings of loneliness and give both the family and the senior being cared for a trusted resource for information. Caregivers can also benefit by having someone else to share the physical and emotional workload.

Source:  https://www.dementiacarecentral.com/dementia-home-care-vs-regular-home-care/

If you are considering Home Health Care Services in Loudonville OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.