How to Select an In-Home Caregiver for Loved Ones with Dementia
Figuring out how to care for someone with dementia can be challenging, exhausting, and confusing—but it’s not impossible. In addition to installing child-proof locks and making other practical changes to accommodate your loved one, you may also find it necessary to call in reinforcements.
Things to Remember When Choosing a Home Caregiver for Your Loved One
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re looking to bring in a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia:
- There are different types of home care. Depending on your loved one’s current state, one type of in-home care may be more appropriate than another. For example, an attendant will be able to supervise your loved one and assist them with light housekeeping, bathing and dressing, errands, companionship and meal preparation. However, your loved one may require skilled nursing if they need wound care, infusion therapy, injections, disease management, and other hands-on medical care. The best way to know which type of caregiver your loved one should have is by assembling a list of their care needs.
- Always check references. In the age of the Internet, there are many ways to verify a given home care agency’s claims of providing “quality care” and “great customer service.” If possible, speak to families who have received Alzheimer’s or dementia care from a given agency and take time to peruse their online reviews.
- Ask about their dementia care training. When considering working with a home care agency, ask about their caregiver qualifications, certifications, etc., especially those pertaining to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Not just any caregiver can meet the unique needs of patients with degenerative disorders, and your family deserves the qualified help of an experienced, well-trained care provider.
In-Home Care for People with Alzheimer’s & Dementia in Texas
When you call At Home Healthcare, you can rest assured that your loved one is in good hands. We understand the stress, burnout, and exhaustion involved in caring for a family member, and we work hard to alleviate the demands placed on you. We also have decades of experience providing exceptional, compassionate care for aging adults with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and myriad other health issues. If you are a burned out caregiver or a concerned relative, we urge you to connect with a member of our team and allow us to help you formulate a workable plan to meet all of your loved one’s needs and make sure they receive the high-quality care they deserve.