Caring for someone with memory loss — especially a loved one — is no easy feat. It can be painful to see them undergo personality changes and experience difficulty doing simple tasks.
An individual can live with dementia for five to 10 years or more — progressing through a gradual decline in cognitive function, followed by a sharp decline and then plateau at a “new normal” for that person.
As a caregiver, you may feel a sense of loss and grief for the loved one you knew before his or her memory loss. There is often stress, guilt and frustration around how this impacts your life, including increased responsibilities around the house and limitations on travel and leisure activities, which can become isolating.
When you feel you can’t leave your loved one alone or you are feeling overwhelmed, resentful or depressed, it’s time to ask for help. It’s time to get some much-needed support.
Senior Home Companions is here to step in, take some weight off your shoulders and deliver the specialized care your loved one needs.
Our caregivers are trained on the stages of dementia and techniques to reduce the anxiety and manage difficult behaviors. They understand its development, recognize behavioral patterns associated with memory loss and engage seniors in cognitively stimulating activities — such as putting together puzzles and creating memory books.
Our caregivers can also help family members communicate more effectively with their loved ones, teaching them ways of speaking to avoid making their loved ones feel confused and frustrated.
“We’re here to provide peace of mind during this difficult process of coping with dementia,” said SHC Director of Operations Heather Todd. “We work closely with families to create a customized care plan that best addresses their loved one’s challenges and needs.”
For more information about how we can help, contact us at (317) 251-0441.