Alzheimers In Home Care in Pittsburgh, PA & Surrounding Areas
Skilled Alzheimers in home care for your Pittsburgh senior loved one
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disease that leads to the death of neurons in the brain. The result is the loss of the information or ability associated with the part of the brain impacted. Contract to popular belief, Alzheimer's disease is not all about loss. In fact, it is often the things that are added that are most troublesome. For example, Alzheimer's brings with it an increased sensitivity to sounds so loud sounds and background noises may be quite disrupting. Delusions and hallucinations cause an individual to see, hear, smell, taste, or feel something that isn't there; and paranoia leads a person to unreasonably believe that others are out to get him them resulting in heightened suspicion, jealousy, and fear. Many times, a senior with Alzheimer's may react to these additional stimuli with anger, frustration, or violent behavior.
Pittsburgh, PA Alzheimers In Home Care
It is often these "added" components of Alzheimer's that cause a family caregiver to seek additional help, professional in-home Alzheimers in home care, or even consider placing their loved one in a nursing home. The good news is that there is help available. Comfort Keepers has specially trained staff with experience and expertise working with seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease. This professional Alzheimers in home care is designed to help family caregivers provide the best care possible while allowing seniors to continue to live in the comfort and convenience of their own home. The care is available from as little as a half hour a week all the way to full-time, round-the-clock care.
In addition to Alzheimer's in home care, there are a number of things family caregivers can do when caring for a senior with Alzheimer's who is dealing with many of the diseases challenges:
Hallucinations may not be real to you, but they are real to the senior. Don't argue with them about reality. Instead, offer comfort and assurance. Be sure to mention any hallucinations to the physician since medication may be contributing to the problem.
Keep dangerous items, including knives, tools, and other sharp objects hidden and locked away. In the later stages of Alzheimer's, simply hanging a painting or tapestry over a cupboard may be enough to secure items as the senior will not remember there is a cupboard there and cannot discern that one lies behind the artwork.
While paranoia is, by its definition, unreasonable, don't discount the old adage: You're not paranoid if they really are out to get you. The sad reality of our times is that many unscrupulous people take advantage of the elderly. Before dismissing something as paranoia, ensure that nobody is taking advantage of or hurting your loved one. Sometimes, you may find that they have taken information from a television show and brought it into their life. Other times, they may be reliving an event from another era of their life.
Since we have been taught since childhood that strangers are dangerous, this tenet is well-ingrained deep in our brains. Many seniors with Alzheimer's do not trust those whom they do not recognize. The problem is that they forget the people they do know. When a senior shows a sense of distrust, don't argue with them. Reassure them, use gentle and calm words, gentle touch, and ensure them they are safe. Many times if they are getting anxious, distraction works wonders. Take out a keepsake they may be familiar with such as a family picture. Often, the distraction will be enough to reset a senior's focus.
In short, there are many reasons a senior with Alzheimer's disease may require additional Alzheimers in home care. With or without extra supports, however, there are many things that can be done to improve your and your loved one's quality of life.
Comfort Keepers of Pittsburgh, PA is proud to provide care services to the following communities:
Pittsburgh, Coraopolis, Sewickley, Wexford, Cranberry Township, Ross Township, McCandless, North Hills Moon, Mars, McKees Rocks, Glenshaw, Carnegie, Ambridge, Crescent, Bradfordwoods, Warrendale, Leetsdale, Aliquippa, Avalon, Beaver Falls, Bellevue, Crafton, Dormont, Green Tree, Robinson Township, Shaler, Sheraden, Warrendale, West View, Butler and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.
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