Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL
Alzheimer’s disease affects approximately 4.5 million Americans. Many people with Alzheimer’s are over the age of 65, but up to 5% of people with Alzheimer’s are under the age of 50.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes brain tissue to break down over time, which causes memory loss. A person can live with Alzheimer’s for a few years or a few decades. Although it affects older people, this disease is not a normal part of aging.
Alzheimer’s worsens over time and in its early stages memory loss is mild. Some of the first signs of Alzheimer’s includes:
- Difficulty focusing
- Hard time completing normal activities
- Confusion and frustration
- Mood swings
- Feeling disoriented or lost
If diagnosed early, treatment for symptoms is available. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s and as the disease progresses, a person will need more and more assistance with daily activities.
Dealing with Dementia
Dementia is not a disease itself, but a group of symptoms caused by Alzheimer’s. There are several different forms of dementia, including vascular dementia, mixed dementia and dementia linked to other diseases like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.
Dealing with dementia can be difficult as there is no cure or treatment that slows of stops dementia progress.
Dementia care will require patience and good communication skills. One of the biggest challenges in caring for someone with dementia is their changes in personality and behavior, which may include repetitive speech or actions, wandering, paranoia, aggression and sleeplessness.
Alzheimer’s Care Training
For many people, taking care of loved ones who have Alzheimer’s or dementia is a full-time job. The professionals at Advancare are trained to handle seniors who are suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our caretakers receive proper training in communicating with the elderly as well as dealing with situations where a person may become aggressive or stubborn in completing everyday activities like bathing or taking their medication. Alzheimer’s care is emotionally and sometimes physically demanding. Whether your loved one was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or is reaching the late stages, assistive care is crucial for their well-being as well as yours.
If you are the primary caretaker for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, Advancare also provides reprieve services. By choosing an Advancare caretaker, you can rest assured that your loved one can is receiving the help they need with day-to-day activities.
A caretaker from Advancare will also provide your loved one with companionship that will help them continue on with intrapersonal relationships with friends and family.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services Provided
At Advancare, we understand the physical and emotional challenges that come with caring for a person with cognitive changes or impairment. Our caregivers are specially trained to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and we can help your loved one with:
- Grooming, bathing, and dressing
- Toileting assistance
- Meal planning and preparation
- Eating assistance
- Playing mind-stimulating games
- Medication reminders
- Home organization
- Mailing bills and letters
…and much more.
As your loved one’s condition progresses, you may find the need for more care. A person who was previously able to remember to take their medications or organize their bills may now need assistance with taking their medication and paying bills on time. Our Alzheimer’s care services can be adjusted to fit your loved one’s needs as he or she progresses through the disease.
Locations We Serve
With millions of Americans living with Alzheimer’s, we understand that the need for Alzheimer’s care will likely continue to grow. Advancare caretakers can help all those struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia throughout South Florida, including the following cities:
- Fort Lauderdale
…and the surrounding areas.
Contact us today to learn more about our Alzheimer’s care services and how we can help you.