Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care2017-04-12T18:32:18+00:00
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care

Dementia and Alzheimer’s affects the entire family. Our team creates a system of support that gives both patient and family peace.

Onyx Home Care’s neurological disorder care is built around a system of support. This service includes skilled home care as well as a unique program that centers on the patient’s interests and stage of illness. Our goal is to see happy family members, patients and caregivers. Often times, caregivers feel remote. Our team includes each person in the home care process to provide inclusive care that helps the patient thrive.

Our Neurological Disorder Care Program is:

  • Focused on Patient Interests: Our team takes the previous hobbies and interests of Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients into account when planning activities. The Onyx Home Care team strives to see patients engage in activities that stimulate their memory and emotions in a positive way. We also consider the interests of the primary caregiver. When the caregiver is able to enjoy activities, they are more willing to interact and engage with the patient.
  • Activity Centered: Interactive activities can stir memories, encourage self-expression, lessen irritability and feel more engaged. As we mentioned, our plan is centered on the patient’s interests. Examples of brain stimulating activities include: puzzles, listening to music, arts and crafts, playing music, watching family videos or reading.
  • Focused on Safety: We ensure the patient’s home is adapted for their unique needs. As neurological diseases progress, the home requires adaptions for the safety of the patient and their caregivers.
  • Adaptive to Stages of Illness: We understand that as neurological illnesses progress, daily routines become more important. As our plan adapts to the patients changing needs we continue to provide patients with an anchors such as: reading the paper in the morning, grocery shopping, and more. In addition to anchors that promote recall, we also provide skilled nursing care based on patient needs.
  • Family Focused: Family members often live far from elderly parents. Our neurological disorder care program involves family members in patient care to give them peace of mind. We help put caregivers, family members and skilled care providers on the same page to help patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia thrive.

Quality Of Life & Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care

While Alzheimer’s symptoms increase over time, it is still possible for patients to maintain a high quality of life. Our neurological care program influences quality for the patient and family members involved in care. Onyx Home Care focuses on the medical needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, allowing family members to focus on affection and social stimulation.

Our team also incorporates activities that previously interested the patient before symptoms increased. Whether it’s listening to music the patient enjoyed or watching old westerns, Onyx Home Care professionals work with families to create patient focused plans that increase happiness and quality of life.

Alzheimer’s and dementia care require an extra level of sensitivity as the illness influences the patient’s ability to communicate. Our professionals assist family members with communication techniques. Onyx Home Care professionals also evaluate when the patient requires a different level of care as the needs of Alzheimer’s patients increases over time.

Sensitivity & Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care

Alzheimer’s patients can experience strong changes in mood and emotion. These changes in behavior can be challenging for family members and caregivers. Our experienced and skilled professionals help families better understand how to deal with these changes and what to expect.

With Onyx Home Care, no one has to walk alone. Our skilled team navigates families and patients through the challenging waters of progressive diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Signs Your Loved One Needs Home Care:

  1. Medication Management Is Difficult
  2. Patient Behavior Makes Daily Tasks Challenging
  3. Caregiver Life Is Becoming Increasingly Unbalanced
  4. Assisting Patient With Daily Tasks Is Too Difficult
  5. Needs of Patient Are Greater Than Skill of Family Caregiver
  6. Patient Weight and Overall Health Is Decreasing
  7. Noticeable Decline In Tidiness Of Home
  8. Family Caregiver Health Is Declining
  9. Patient Needs Are Progressing
  10. Home Safety Is Poor

The burden of recognizing when a senior needs help often falls on family members. When a senior is having trouble performing regular tasks it is not necessarily an indication that they need assisted living or a nursing home. Many times, facilities do not allow seniors to thrive and one-on-one care is not available. Home care allows seniors to maintain their sense of freedom, receive one-on-one care, gives family members peace of mind and is often a more affordable option.

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