Alzheimer’s care is an increasingly important issue for people in Maryland and across the United States. Over 4.5 million Americans and 26 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. The disease destroys brain cells and symptoms can include confusion, anger, mood swings, language breakdown and long-term memory loss. Due to the complicated nature of this condition, Alzheimer’s care involves specialized services that differ from other types of senior caregiving.
What is the best type of care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s care is often delivered in an assisted living or nursing home setting usually in a separate floor or unit. Generally, residents in an Alzheimer’s care facility live in semi-private apartments. And they often participate in structured activities delivered by staff members trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
Most nursing homes or assisted living facilities have secured areas designed specifically for those with dementia. This helps to prevent wandering and agitation, which are common symptoms. Often, residents in Alzheimer’s care facilities have access to outdoor walking paths or gardens which are situated within secured areas.
Stand alone memory care communities called Alzheimer’s care units or memory care units are also increasingly common. These memory care facilities are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. They often include features that minimize stress and make residents as comfortable as possible. For example, a circular layout is a common design element for Alzheimer’s care units. This helps ensure that residents do not encounter dead-end hallways since these are a common source of stress, especially for those with advanced cases of Alzheimer’s.
When making a decision for a loved one in need of Alzheimer’s care, it’s important to explore all of your options. If you’re interested in Alzheimer’s care at home for a loved one, Bunny’s Home Care is here to help.
Our experienced caregivers are specifically trained to care for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Along with everyday care including help with bathing, daily activities, grooming and dressing, eating, and managing medicines, we also engage in best caregiving practices for those with dementia. This includes creating a safe, secure and caring environment for your loved one. Typically this involves following a familiar schedule and structure to the day. And engaging the care recipient in as many daily activities as possible.
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