Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that is known to specifically affect the parts of the brain that control thought patterns, memory and language.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is behind as many as 70% of all dementia cases. Some of the typical symptoms experienced by those with the condition include:
The individual may lose track of time and struggle to place themselves in time. For example, they may forgot where they are, or how they got there.
We all struggle to remember things from time to time – but memory loss that begins to disrupt daily life is often an indicator of Alzheimer’s.
Difficulty completing familiar tasks
Largely due to memory problems, individuals will find greater difficulty than usual in completing basic daily tasks.
Inability to solve problems
Sufferers may find it difficult to follow simple instructions, or find a solution to a straightforward problem. Concentration is also impaired.
Visual and/or spacial problems
Reading, judging the distance between two objects and determining colours can become very challenging. More often than not, this affects the individual’s ability to drive.
Problems speaking or writing
Those who regularly struggle to find the right vocabulary, and who find it difficult to enjoy a conversation without stalling or repeating themselves, may be suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Behavioural and mood changes
Perhaps one of the biggest indicators of the condition is dramatic changes in behaviour and mood. Sometimes, it appears as though the person’s personality has been completely altered.
Because Alzheimer’s is so prevalent – in fact, it’s thought to affect up to half a million people in the UK - much research has been carried out into how to provide appropriate, effective care for those with the condition.
Understandably, Alzheimer’s is a hugely disorientating disorder, often causing distress not only for the sufferer, but also for their friends and family. Unlike many other forms of dementia, Alzheimer’s is irreversible; this means that the only way to ensure that the individual’s needs are met is through highly tailored medical and emotional support which needs to address the unique requirements of all parties.
Home care for people with Alzheimer’s
Independent People Homecare is highly experienced in providing live in care for those with Alzheimer’s. Combining expert clinical care with our famously warm, compassionate and personable approach, our live in carers are able to provide around-the-clock support and reassurance in the service user’s own home environment.
Though moving into a care home is always a viable option for those with Alzheimer’s, there are a number of advantages to choosing a live in carer over a residential care plan. Staying in familiar surroundings can help the patient to retain their identity – after all, they’ll be surrounded by constant reminders of their life, and the people in it, and these reminders can act as a vital source of stimulation, especially if they’re having a particularly challenging day.
As well as this, living at home ensures that the individual doesn’t experience any disruption to their normal routine. This kind of stability will contribute to the patient feeling safe and well-looked-after.
Our live in carers are well-trained in how to manage Alzheimer’s symptoms. However, just as importantly, they are dedicated to making sure that the individual retains their dignity and privacy, regardless of the level of care they receive. Irrespective of their condition, all of our service users deserve to feel respected and valued by their live in carer, and these principles are upheld by our staff at all times.
Whether you’re looking for long term care for Alzheimer’s or simply need some respite from your own care duties, we can help.
To speak to a member of our team about our range of live in care services for Alzheimer’s patients, please call 0800 4714741 today.