In-home care is for anyone who requires help with personal care or daily tasks. In-home care can be brief (4 or fewer hours a day) or intensive (round-the-clock care). In-home care has broad appeal for people at all levels of mobility and cognitive functioning and is used by over 12 million people in the United States.
In-home care can be especially beneficial for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients – according to the Alzheimer’s Society, “People often feel happier if they can remain independent and in their own homes as long as possible.”
The benefits of in-home care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients
In this article, we explore the four main benefits of in-home care for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Then, we provide real-world examples of how Select Home Care goes above and beyond to provide the residents of the Portland metro area quality in-home care for Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Remaining in the comfort of one’s own home can be hugely beneficial for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Familiar surroundings can foster a sense of security and reduce confusion.
Patients who continue to live in their own homes may also find it easier to maintain positive social relationships with friends, family, and neighbors located nearby, which is thought to prevent incidences of dementia in older adults according to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Maintaining independence is important for everyone, but perhaps especially important for people with cognitive impairments, who may struggle with feelings of helplessness or shame due to their declining cognitive functioning. In-home care supports the preservation of independence for as long as possible.
Personalized, one-on-one care that is tailored to the specific needs of a person is a major benefit of in-home care. In-home care plans for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia are designed to accommodate the unique challenges and behaviors associated with those cognitive impairments, as well as the preferences of the person receiving care.
In-home caregivers can implement personalized activities to stimulate cognitive function, such as memory games, music therapy, and reminiscence activities. Additionally, this creates a bond between caregiver and patient that allows further levels of care (such as hygiene, bathing, and toileting) to be performed with compassion and trust.
Peace of mind
By staying in a familiar environment, maintaining their independence, and receiving personalized care, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients who choose in-home care may also feel less stress and agitation from their cognitive impairments. This brings peace of mind to the care recipient and their loved ones, who often bear the burden of worry.
The Select Home Care Advantage
At Select Home Care, we are proud to offer specialized care plans that employ non-conflictive approaches which are designed to encourage and support the care recipient and their loved ones as they cope with the symptoms and behaviors that accompany Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our caregivers undergo extensive training well beyond the state minimums and are trained specifically to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Alzheimer’s Care in Portland
We have had the privilege of taking care of many clients with all different types of dementia. Recently, we took care of a woman with vascular dementia named Margaret. We cared for Margaret through every stage of her dementia, including in her home in Clackamas, at memory care, and when she moved to skilled nursing in Beaverton.
According to her family, Margaret was incredibly grateful for the support and love she received from her team of caregivers during that time. As Margaret was moved all around the Portland metro area, our team at Select Home Care was able to serve her needs with ease and confidence.
In-Home Dementia Care
In Lake Oswego, we care for a man with dementia named Lenny. He has lived in his home for 45 years, with his wife of 65 years, and just celebrated his 92nd birthday. Lenny has a team of caregivers that provide him with 24/7 care, which allows him to stay in his home with his wife for as long as possible.
Staying at home helps Lenny and his wife maintain a sense of independence and peace of mind in this late stage of their lives. According to Lenny’s wife, the care provided by Select Home Care Portland has improved Lenny’s quality of life considerably.
Best Home Care in the Portland metro
Select Home Care has been locally owned and operating in the Portland metro area since 2009. Our team consists of professionals who have been in the healthcare industry their entire careers, which means we have significant insight into helping families navigate home care, hospice, long-term care insurance, veterans benefits, and other senior care challenges.
At Select Home Care Portland, we understand that caring for your loved ones can be a financial burden. That’s why we offer cost-effective options, including a discount for veterans and reduced-rate 12-hour night shifts for those that qualify. We also offer a no-cost assessment so that you can ask questions and find the in-home care that works best for you or your loved one.
We pride ourselves on helping our clients navigate the healthcare system from top to bottom. Let us care for you or your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Call us today to discuss your in-home care options, or visit our website to browse our service locations and client testimonials.