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In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or other forms of dementia, seniors frequently choose to remain in the comfort of a familiar home. As limitations increase, frustrations often follow, and overwhelmed family caregivers turn to supportive services to help with the challenges that arise. I certainly took advantage of these services throughout my time caring for multiple seniors, including my parents and an elderly neighbor. The biggest challenge I faced, though, was when I hired professional caregivers for loved ones who had dementia. Back then, home health aides (HHAs) weren’t always sure how to handle unusual dementia behaviors or the tricky situations they created. Thankfully, due to increased awareness of the unique difficulties inherent to dementia care, reputable home care companies across the country are providing their employees with proper training. Experienced and informed professional caregivers can provide benefits to both seniors and their family members that make in-home care worth considering. 

Do Dementia Patients Do Better at Home? The biggest advantage of home care is that it allows elders to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. This option is far less disorienting for a dementia patient than a move to an assisted living facility, a memory care unit or a nursing home. Familiar environments offer a great deal of security and peace of mind for individuals with memory issues. If a company offers specially trained home health aides for dementia patients, then in-home care can be the ideal starting point for families who need extra help with their loved ones but want to prevent or delay placement in a long-term care facility.

Just as familiar surroundings are safe and soothing, the same can be said for daily routines. Maintaining a schedule similar to the one a senior followed prior to their cognitive issues can help reduce anxiety and confusion. For example, an elder who watched the nightly news after dinner each evening for many years may feel a sense of normalcy when it’s switched on, even if they don’t completely understand the reports they are seeing and hearing. A fundamental aspect of home care is that services are provided for all clients ...

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