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For individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other cognitive impairments, a home setting is the optimal care situation. The sense of familiarity, comfort, and security that comes from being in one's own home and bedroom surrounded with memorable keepsakes and family pictures is very beneficial. A dementia patient who is removed from familiar surroundings will likely be more disoriented and confused, possibly complicating the condition and its treatment.
However, there are significant challenges in caring for Alzheimer's/dementia patients at home.
Patients: Some challenges that are common among Alzheimer's and dementia patients include: wandering, incontinence, repetitions, 'sun downing', agitation, depression, and the increased risk of falls or accidents.
Family caregivers: Often called the invisible second patients, family caregivers are subject to a high incidence of burden and psychological morbidity, as well as social isolation, physical ill-health, and financial hardship.
The solution: Care Street
Care Street staff has extensive understanding of the disease, its impact on family members, and practical methods for effectively coping with its challenges. They are especially sensitive to the physical, emotional, and psycho-social needs of patients and family members, and are skilled in providing a level of care and companionship that addresses these needs.
Care Street's specially trained caregivers provide the following:
- Structure a daily routine for client
- Provide mind-stimulating activities
- Encourage social interaction
- Maximize client's independence
- Foster a calm and soothing atmosphere
- Help maintain a safe environment
- Provide nutritious meals
- Ensure client is properly hydrated
- Help manage changing behaviors
- Provide support for family members