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5 Types of In-Home Care for Dementia Patients

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Living with someone with dementia is not easy. It is only natural to feel responsible for older family members, and take charge of their care. That could even mean moving them into our homes. Providing care around the clock can pose a real challenge, especially if it means leaving your senior loved one home alone while other members of the family go off to work and school.

Fortunately in-home care can provide a broad range of help inside your home, so you do not have to resort to admitting a dementia patient into a live-in care facility, like a hospital or a nursing home. You can also use in-home care to help lengthen the time that someone with dementia can stay in their own home before having to move somewhere else for round the clock treatment.

Because not all people who suffer from dementia have the same needs, not all in-care services provide the exact same things. Here are four types of in-home services provided by senior caregivers, and a little more about each type.

  1. Companion Services

Companion services provide an in-home caregiver to help with daily living chores, for example laundry or transportation to places like the pharmacy, grocery store, and recreational activities. This allows seniors to keep up with their normal lifestyle for a greater length of time.

  1. Personal Care Services

These services take in-home care a step further, and provide assistance with personal care. These things might include assisting with eating, dressing, physical exercises like chair yoga, using the toilet, bathing, or any other type of personal care.

  1. Housekeeping Services

Housekeeping services embody more than just cleaning a person’s house. These services extend to shopping, preparing meals, and even light gardening.

  1. Skilled In-Home Services

This type of service is the one most often ordered by a physician and almost always requires that the in-home caregiver be a licensed professional. That is because the service includes, but is not limited to wound care, dispensing medication, injections, and other medical necessities such as physical therapy.

Once you know how in-depth the services someone with dementia needs, the next step is finding services. Talk to the person in your family who will receive the services and make them an active part of the decision-making process. After all, this person is the one who will spend the most time with the caregiver, so they should have a choice in the matter.

When talking to caregivers, have a list of care needs handy. Also be prepared to discuss your expectations for how they will meet these needs. A phone call can help you screen caregivers and save time by weeding out anyone who does not meet the requirements. And finally, do not forget to ask for and check their references.

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