Many people initially consider professional care in a nursing home when they have a family member who suffers from dementia, but patients will generally suffer from acute disorientation problems, called “Confusional Syndromes” in such cases, mainly during the days after their arrival in the new environment. These disorders occur because the patient loses the reference points that they had in their own home, which causes them to worsen their general condition, and is often linked to their disorientation and confusion.
Is it appropriate to take dementia patients to a day centre?
This is another option for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementias. The main objective is to keep patients in their own environment for as long as possible, being a priority resource to ensure an improvement in their autonomy, balance, stimulation and safety.
On many occasions day centres can help postpone or avoid entry into a nursing home, social isolation, alleviate the burden borne by family members and caregivers, and protect the most vulnerable groups of patients such as people with cognitive impairment.
What if the family can’t cope?
Occasionally when there are certain family circumstances, such as admission to hospital, maternity, illness, etc., it might become impossible for family caregivers to dedicate their usual care to dementia patients. However, a live-in caregiver can provide valuable support in such situations.
When this happens, in many occasions, it is often decided to hire a home caregiver to maintain the clinical stability of the patient, and to help maintain their autonomy in carrying out the basic activities of their daily life, in addition to maintaining their connection with the world that surrounds them, so that they can enjoy the best quality of life possible.
This is one of the best options for patients suffering from cognitive deterioration and other chronic pathologies such as ischemic heart disease.
Generally, family caregivers often reach the most extreme conditions of fatigue and stress before asking for help and considering their own needs in terms of replenishing their energy and resting.
There are many advantages to providing dementia care at home for elderly relatives and loved ones when they suffer from dementia.
Care at home
Live-in home care can also be useful when the person with dementia is very aggressive or suffers episodes of frequent agitation; in this case the caregiver will typically be responsible for the administration of the medicines prescribed by the specialist.
In short, providing care at home for a person suffering from dementia, in many cases, is often the best option, due in large part to the adverse emotional and cognitive implications that can be avoided, or at least delayed, allowing the patient to enjoy the comfort and familiarity of their own home for longer.
However, even when care is provided at home, it is very important if there are several members of the family of the patient to distribute the workload among them in order to reduce stress in the family, and help the caregiver.