For many people, the thought of placing an elderly loved one into a nursing or care home is a horrifying one. Doing everything possible to keep a parent or grandparent at home may become a top priority. This priority may change if there is a diagnosis of dementia. Whether from Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis or any number of causes, a diagnosis of dementia should prompt people to rethink having their loved ones stay at home rather than receive treatment and care in a dementia care home.
Typically, there are several stages of dementia and in the early stages, home care may be appropriate. Early stages of dementia may include forgetful behaviour and minor mood swings. For the most part, people experiencing early dementia may just need a helping hand with their day-today activities. As the condition progresses, however, the level of care required increases significantly and may make home care both inappropriate and unaffordable. Before it reaches this point, loved ones should research and consider a dementia care home.
These care homes provide 24-hour, trained staff to assist with a dementia sufferer’s needs. Whether that means providing companionship and activities or assisting with basic care such as feeding and hygiene, staff at these facilities are familiar with and well skilled in dealing with dementia. Nursing and medical staff are onsite to oversee the patient’s care and respond to medical emergencies. Dementia specialists make sure that the patients are receiving the appropriate level of care and that everything that can be done to ensure quality of life is being done for these patients. Home care, even if it is around the clock, cannot offer a similar level of care.
Of course, not all facilities that call themselves dementia homes or dementia care actually specialize in treating dementia. Loved ones should be sure to fully investigate a care home before placing a dementia patient. True dementia care facilities will take steps to ensure a calming, quiet environment; this includes being located in a low-traffic area in order to protect patients who may wander. Staff will be sufficiently trained and include a dementia specialist. A quality facility will have a high staff to patient ratio, allowing for more in-depth care. Security precautions such as locked doors will be in place to protect patients. Finally, if a dementia care facility is part of a larger nursing home complex, it will be segregated from the general nursing home population so that its staff can focus on the needs of dementia patients.
Although keeping a parent or grandparent at home in their old age may be a noble goal, a diagnosis of dementia should cause loved ones to rethink this option. Once dementia has progressed to a later stage, sufferers require a higher level of care than home care can provide. The best option for stable, healthy living is a care home that specializes in the treatment of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The trained staff in these facilities can provide an appropriate level of care to these patients.
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