Dementia Care Services
At Loving Home Care Services, we have extensive experience working with seniors and their families who live with dementia. Dementia is a term that describes a wide range of symptoms involving a decline in memory and mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. In the early stages of dementia, the individual feels like everything is under control but as dementia develops, the symptoms will get worse over time. This is because the brain loses cells and a breakdown of important nerve connections over time, worsening the symptoms.
Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are two different terms. Dementia is an overall term used to describe several conditions, including Alzheimer’s, as well as other conditions with shared symptoms. These forms of dementia are manageable, but aren’t reversible and worsen over time; Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Symptoms of dementia can vary greatly but they typically involve significant impairment of memory, communication, language, ability to focus, ability to pay attention, reasoning, judgment, or visual perception. Dementias are typically progressive conditions, starting out with mild memory loss or other symptoms and gradually worsening. The late stage of dementia can greatly impact an individual’s regular functions, including the ability to hold a conversation or respond to their environment.
According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, over 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with dementia, more than the total population of Canada, making the disease a global health crisis that must be addressed. Additionally, about 25,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 percent.
Loving Home Care Services proudly carries 25 years of experience providing Alzheimer’s care in the North Shore and Greater Vancouver area. We pride ourselves on helping seniors continue to live comfortably in their own homes while providing the highest quality of home care in a safe, dignified and respectable manner.
Loving Home Care Services is a proud supporter and collaborator with Alzheimer Society of B.C., working together to break down stigma and help support the estimated 70,000 British Columbians affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Home Care for Dementia
Loving Home Care Services offers highly experienced, compassionate and caring staff that specialize in working with clients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Whether it involves helping with daily activities like bathing, dressing, and grooming, getting to and from appointments, household tasks like grocery shopping, cooking nutritious meals, laundry, garbage removal, to nursing support, medication administration, mental stimulation and more, we are here to help.
We provide a holistic, person-centered care approach to the client by stimulating them mentally and physically while keeping them engaged socially and with routine daily tasks. By doing so we are able to promote and encourage independent healthy living and an elevated quality of life, all in the comforts of home. Add this to the support of our staff and case managers, aligned with the client’s level of mobility, dependence and cognitive state, ensure’s that their needs and the families needs are met.
The program we develop may draw from any of the following services:
- In-Home Services: Our Certified Care-Aides are specially trained to work with individuals with dementia, providing medication administration or other care services as needed such as; bathing and dressing to cooking and meal preparation, allowing seniors to continue living in their own homes.
- Home Management: We know it can be difficult as a family care-aide to conduct regular home management tasks, like grocery store runs doing laundry, or taking care of pets. That’s why we offer home support services, taking some of those tasks off your hands as needed.
- Companionship: Our Certified Care-Aides are available to provide companionship to your loved one when you can’t be there, whether that involves going for a walk, reading a book or playing a game.
- Nursing & LPN Support Services: Our Certified Registered Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses can ensure you or your loved ones receive proper care at home, providing medication administration or other medical services as prescribed.
- Prescription Delivery: Through our partnership with Miracle Prescriptions Ltd., we can deliver prescribed medication seven days a week, ensuring you or your family members stay on top of their medication.
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Victorina took wonderful care of our mother whose progressive dementia made daily living in her home increasingly challenging. A great caregiver and companion, Victorina provided a level of home support that enabled Mom to live in her own home safely. We highly recommend LHCS.
Seven Stages of Dementia
Stage 1 – No Cognitive Decline – In this stage, the person functions normally, has no memory loss, and is mentally healthy. At this stage, Alzheimer’s disease is undetectable.
Stage 2 – Very Mild Cognitive Decline – This stage is used to describe forgetfulness associated with aging. Such as, forgetting names and where familiar objects were left. Although, not to the point where it can be distinguished from normal age-related memory loss. An individual will still do well on memory tests.
Stage 3 – Mild Cognitive Decline – This stage includes increased forgetfulness, slight difficulty concentrating, and decreased work performance. Individuals may get lost more frequently or have difficulty finding the right words. At this stage, the person’s friends and family will begin to notice a cognitive decline.
Stage 4 – Moderate Cognitive Decline – This stage is commonly defined as early onset Alzheimer’s or dementia. Symptoms of cognitive decline are apparent and should be seen by a health care professional. An individual with early-stage dementia will experience increased forgetfulness, often forgetting recent events, as well as difficulty concentrating, difficulty with problem-solving, and difficulty managing finances. They may have challenges when traveling to unfamiliar areas alone, and they may have difficulty performing complex tasks or organizing and expressing thoughts. Individuals in stage four may also be in denial about their forgetfulness and other symptoms, and as socialization becomes increasingly difficult, they may begin to withdraw from family and friends.
Stage 5 – Moderately Severe Cognitive Decline – Major memory deficiencies are present beginning in stage five, and people in this stage of the disease may require assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and preparing meals. The individual will need some assistance to complete their daily living activities such as dressing, bathing, and preparing meals. The individual may not remember their address or phone number and may not know the time or day, or where they are.
Stage 6 – Severe Cognitive Decline (Middle Dementia) – This stage marks a period in which an individual requires substantial assistance to carry out day-to-day activities. They may have little memory of recent events and forget the names of close friends or family members. Many people in stage six have limited memory of their earlier lives and will also have difficulty completing tasks or successfully exhibiting cognitive skills. Incontinence is a problem at this stage. Ability to speak declines. Personality and emotional changes, such as delusions, compulsions, or anxiety and agitation may occur.
Stage 7 – Severe Cognitive Decline (Late Dementia) – This is the final stage in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. At this stage, most individuals will have lost their ability to speak or communicate. They often require 24/7 assistance with most of their activities, including toileting, eating, dressing, bathing, and other daily activities. Because individuals in stage seven often lose psychomotor capabilities, they may be unable to walk or require significant assistance with ambulation
Our Role As A Care Provider
Our role at Loving Home Care Services is to work with our clients to develop a specialized dementia care plan specific to one’s current abilities, and deal with the stages of dementia that a senior client may be dealing with. We will modify the plan with you as the condition progresses or changes, and will always be in communication every step of the way.
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