How to Know When Dementia Patients Need Home Care

As your loved ones age, you will notice a deterioration in various aspects of their lives, including their physical and mental well-being.
While all of these can be managed with some minor adjustments, it is important to know the signs of dementia to prepare yourself and them for the possibility that a decline like dementia may lead to home care being necessary.

What Is Dementia?
Dementia is a range of conditions characterized by symptoms that affect memory, thinking, judgement and social skills to a level where they prohibit normal daily functioning. Dementia is not a disease itself, but there are a variety of diseases that cause dementia, the most common one being Alzheimer’s disease.

Detecting The Signs Of Dementia
The most typical sign of dementia has to do with memory loss, specifically short-term memory and forgetting the words for things which affects the ability to communicate clearly. However, there is a range of other signs that you can look out for, including:
  • Confusion, disorientation, getting lost
  • Repeatedly retelling about the same story or event
  • Difficulty remembering dates, times, seasons
  • Trouble with complex problem solving or complex tasks
  • Mismanagement of funds
  • Lack of interest in personal health and hygiene
  • Inability to plan and organize
  • Changes in personality
  • Heightened levels of agitation and anxiety
  • Reduce coordination
  • Impaired motor function
  • Uncharacteristic or reckless behaviour
  • Withdrawal from social life
  • Delusions, paranoia and hallucinations

Knowing When It Is Time For Dementia Sufferers to Receive Home Care
It is easy to make excuses for our loved ones when the signs of dementia begin to manifest. However, there will come a time when they need more than just your love and understanding.
If the signs of dementia are progressing and your loved one no longer recognizes you, cannot manage their daily routine of meals, washing, dressing or are increasingly behaving in inappropriate, aggressive or frustrated ways, it is time to consider home care.
Home care is far less disruptive than a move to a nursing home, as drastic changes frequently lead to a worsening of symptoms.

If you are unsure about dementia and home care for a loved one, contact Golden Life Home Services today. We offer a broad range of home care services and will assist in supporting the independence and dignity of your loved one with services tailored to your needs.

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