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What to Expect from Your Loved One's Alzheimer's Disease

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s natural to have many questions about what to expect. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, the disease progresses in stages, and you will still be able to enjoy special times with your loved one. When he or she requires more care than you can provide, specialized home care in Philadelphia can help you meet the care needs. Here is a look at what you can expect when someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease.

Mild Changes and Decline

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, you won’t notice any changes in your loved one at all, and the disease will only be identifiable on a PET scan. Subtle symptoms, such as forgetting words or losing things, are next to develop. Over time, these symptoms will become more pronounced and mental decline will become evident. At this stage, your loved one may have difficulty with short term memory and may ask the same questions repeatedly. He or she may also have difficulty making plans. In addition to arranging home care as needed, you can help your loved one make decisions about his or her affairs during this stage.

Moderate Decline

At this point, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease become pronounced. Your loved one may no longer remember his or her address or phone number and will have difficulty keeping track of time. He or she may not be able to choose clothing that is appropriate for the season and may need home care for help with things like dressing and hygiene.

Severe Decline

At this point in the illness, your loved one will need help eating, drinking, and using the bathroom. He or she will be unable to remember names and may have delusions. However, companionship is still important, and you can connect with your loved one by sharing music, reading to him or her, or providing meals. Care is demanding at this stage, but respite care can help.

Do you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Home Helpers can assist your family as you provide care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. To learn about our Care Check system, Total Care plan, and more, call (888) 627-6047.

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How In-Home Care Is Different

When one of your loved ones needs care that the family can’t provide, you have many options. However, in-home care is different from assisted living facilities and nursing homes—and not just because of the location. More and more families are choosing in-home elderly care in Philadelphia because of these benefits you won’t find with any other options.

Personalized Care

Seniors’ care needs are not all the same, but many assisted living facilities and nursing homes only offer one-size-fits-all solutions. With in-home care, your loved one can get just the right kind of support for his or her needs. For instance, if he or she needs only companionship and help with some household activities, then you can select a plan that provides those services. On the other hand, if your loved one has a health issue like Alzheimer’s disease and needs specialized home care, then you can choose a program that offers that kind of support. Personalizing care ensures that your loved one feels comfortable and that you don’t pay for services you don’t need.

Peace of Mind

When your loved one lives in a senior facility, your interactions may change. Restrictions on visiting hours may limit your time together, and staff turnover means you may not be sure exactly who is caring for your loved one’s needs. With in-home care, families develop personal relationships with caregivers, and you can be around as much as you like. You will feel more confident in the care your loved one is getting when you’re personally familiar with his or her providers and when you can come and go as you wish.

Familiar Surroundings

Seniors often struggle to come to terms with their need for care, especially when they are living with chronic medical conditions. Being in the familiar surroundings of home eases concerns about loss of independence and can be especially comforting to people with memory issues.

At Home Helpers, we’re pleased to bring these benefits to our clients. Let us help you find the right kind of care for your loved one, such as our Total Care plan or Direct Link Home Monitoring. Start exploring your options today by calling (888) 627-6047.

Take a Break with Flexi-Rest

When you’re the sole caregiver for a loved one, you carry a tremendous burden. No matter how committed you are to providing care, feeling exhausted and overwhelmed periodically is unavoidable. Now, thanks to Home Helpers, you can get a break from your duties with our Flexi-Rest program in Philadelphia.

With the Flexi-Rest program, we provide you with a short-term home care provider trained to deal with your loved one’s specialized care needs so you can get the break you need. Since your loved one is getting the same high level of care you strive to provide, you can relax and recharge with confidence. When you return to your caregiving role, you’ll feel energized and able to give your loved one the care he or she needs.

Flexi-Rest is just one of the programs Home Helpers offers to assist you in meeting the care needs of your aging loved one. For more information about the Total Care plan, Friendly Visit program, and other home care services, call (888) 627-6047.

Spotlight on the Flexi-Rest Program

Caregiving is very demanding, and everyone needs a break now and then. By taking a break from your responsibilities, you can get much needed rest so you can continue to provide the best care possible to your loved one. At Home Helpers in Philadelphia, our Flexi-Rest program is designed to let you take that respite. This video explains more.

With Flexi-Rest, we will provide a short-term caregiver so you can take a break. You get the benefit of rest and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your loved one is getting the specialized home care he or she needs.

If you’re interested in our Flexi-Rest program or any of our other services, such as our Care Check system, call Home Helpers today at (888) 627-6047. You can also find out more by exploring our website.

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