Absolutely. A large portion of home care service hours are for dementia care.
When a loved one starts showing signs of dementia, the job of caring for your loved one
becomes more challenging. It requires a lot of time and patience to help someone with dementia. And your loved will need more help with certain tasks than they used to need. Watching a loved one struggle with dementia can also be emotionally taxing.
This is a good time to start using home care for many reasons. Professional caregivers are trained to understand and handle the particular challenges of dementia patients, so they are well prepared to help your loved one cope with his struggles. Dementia can make it harder for your loved one to adapt to drastic changes, so introducing a caregiver for just a few hours at a time now will get him comfortable with the caregiver and make it easier to add more hours of home care as needed, instead of one drastic change later.
And, because your responsibilities as a family caregiver are more involved when your loved one has dementia, it is even more important that you are able to have a little time for yourself to sustain the level of care you provide.
Home care can help your loved one perform many of the small tasks that become more challenging with dementia, such as paying the bills, creating grocery lists or even sending out holiday cards. Learn more about the special care services Right at Home offers for dementia patients on its Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia page.