Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of brain disorders. Symptoms include loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood and behaviour. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with a person’s ability to function at work, in relationships and in everyday activities (Alzheimer Society Canada).
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and affects about 5% of people over age 65. It occurs more often with advancing age, affecting 20% to 25% of people over the age of 80.
Although Alzheimer’s disease currently has no known deterrent or cure, early intervention and specific methods of care can help manage the symptoms of dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can be a challenging and overwhelming for families. It is possible to keep someone with dementia safe at home, particularly with the support of specially trained caregivers. Our care-extraordinaires have formal training in providing care to dementia patients and can provide high quality memory care right in your loved one’s own home.
In the early stages of dementia, people may only need wake-up or tuck-in services. As the disease progresses, we will work with you to expand care to meet your loved one’s need and budget. Dementia Care services include:
- Companion services: Help with supervision, recreational activities or visiting.
- Medication management: medication reminders and assistance with administering medications
- Personal care services: Help with bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, exercising or other personal care.
- Homemaker services: Help with housekeeping, shopping or meal preparation.