Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care
Alzheimer’s and related dementias are progressive diseases that worsen over time and affect cognitive functioning. These diseases can affect daily functioning as they include memory loss, confusion, difficulty completing familiar tasks, misplacement of items, decreased judgment, withdrawal from social activities and changes in mood or personality. Nurse Next Door aims to help clients maintain their dignity by helping them continue their regular routines despite cognitive decline.
Along with preliminary symptoms, there are also substantial risks with Alzheimer’s and related dementias like wandering. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “three out of five people with dementia will go missing as some individuals with Alzheimer’s disease may become disoriented when they are outside their home or in unfamiliar surroundings.” To prevent wandering, Nurse Next Door’s priority through its dementia care is clients’ safety and allowing them to receive care in a familiar setting – their own home.
Our 24/7 dementia care service gives you peace of mind and reassurance that your loved one is receiving quality one-on-one care, minimizing any risk or harm to them. Our clients are carefully matched with caregivers based on our expert Care Designer’s assessment. To avoid confusion for clients, we always strive for consistency when sending in caregivers so they can recognize any inconsistencies in a client’s routine and clients are comfortable receiving care from someone they trust.
Nurse Next Door understands that when a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia it can be a very challenging time. Our caregivers are trained in dementia care so that they can competently deal with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and recognize that each situation is unique. We understand how dementia can affect clients and their families as it is a difficult process for both. Nurse Next Door provides support and guidance to clients and their families in dealing with ongoing challenges and responsibilities of providing care.
In many situations, family members often act as caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias which causes a stressful environment for both parties. Our goal is to relieve family members and provide respite care so that you never need to worry if your loved one is safe.
Alzheimer’s and related dementias can greatly impact a senior’s daily routine so Nurse Next Door’s goal is to help client’s get back to doing what they love. Our caregivers will not only help clients with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) and personal activities of daily living (ADLs), but they will also ensure that clients are able to maintain their independence under our caregivers’ supervision.
Our services include:
- Providing techniques to improve communication
- Coping strategies for family caregivers to deal with challenging behaviours
- Maintaining a familiar and safe environment with a daily routine
- Using memory games and activities for mental stimulation
- Family support through resources, training and educating
- Providing respite care
- Personal support services
- Promoting a physical activity plan