Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care
Qualicare’s Care Team can help people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia to remain independent at home, maintain a safe and comfortable environment and get the compassionate care they need. Our elaborate home-based care for families gives patients and their families a better quality of life.
Coping with Alzheimer’s & Dementia
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the feeling of helplessness can set in when you realize that are not following a conversation, hiding the fact that they’ve forgotten something, or struggling to complete a task that they would normally handle with grace and ease.
At Qualicare, we define quality care as the value of our Care Team’s actions, and the empathy they demonstrate for everyone involved that can bring you peace of mind. Get your loved one the care he or she deserves.
Get help & support for Alzheimer’s care
Qualicare offers compassionate care for you and your loved one. We’re here to help by giving you the health care you need so that you and your loved ones can get back to being families. Our Care Team are your Caregivers, PSWs, RPNs who are managed and trained by our Care Managers, and will:
- Maintain routines to discourage agitation and outbursts
- Adapt routines and activities as needs change
- Participate in conversation and recreational activities for mental stimulation
- Offer full assistance with everyday necessities such as toileting, bathing and grooming
- Ensure a safe environment to prevent accidents
- Provide nutritious meals
- Help with household tasks
Nursing professionals discuss caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease
In one of our recent blog posts, our nursing professionals answered some questions from our clients as they discussed their experience in caring for their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease:
“My mother has Alzheimer's disease. She is experiencing the early and mid-stages of forgetfulness, disorientation and all the rest of it. She is very stubborn in acknowledging that any of these problems are arising and tends to bury them in platitudes and niceties. How do we get Mom to be proactive in her own care?”
Questions on Alzheimer’s
If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or is starting to show signs of the disease, you probably have many questions about the illness. Here are questions that our homecare professionals often get asked about Alzheimer’s:
How does Alzheimer’s start?
The rate at which Alzheimer’s progresses varies, but the symptoms worsen over time. Qualicare’s medical professionals can work with your doctors to discuss your loved one’s diagnoses and set up a comprehensive care plan.
Before there are any visible signs of the disease, there are changes in the brain. This period, which can last for years, is known as ‘preclinical’ Alzheimer’s disease. For most people, Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a combination of environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors that affect the brain over time.
Is Alzheimer’s a genetic disease?A person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s increases if a parent, brother or sister has the disease. Hereditary factors, as well as genetic factors, play a role in Alzheimer’s: the risk increases if more than one family member has the illness. Alzheimer’s, however, isn’t usually hereditary and even if several members of a family have been diagnosed as having the disease in the past, it doesn’t necessarily mean that other family members will develop it.
What are Alzheimer’s symptoms?
- Memory loss that disrupts routines and daily tasks
- Challenges in solving problems
- Difficulty completing routine tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Developing problems in speaking or writing
- Trouble understanding signs, images and spatial relationships
- Misplacing items
- Unable to retrace steps
- Change in mood and behaviour
- Withdrawal from social activities