When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, his or her need for companionship
does not end. In fact, maintaining connections with loved ones can be
therapeutic for people suffering from Alzheimer’s, even if the nature
of those relationships is changed by the disease. This is one of the reasons
specialized home care is helpful for families who are creating a care plan for a loved one with
the disease. Home care aides can provide companionship when family members
cannot be present. Here is a look at some of the benefits of companionship
for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
When people have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the confusion
they experience is often frightening and stressful. Being with another
person, whether they are recognizable or not, is calming, especially if
they maintain a patient and friendly demeanor. Simply engaging in a task
with your loved one or speaking to them gently can ease fears and help
reduce anxiety. When you can’t be present, a home care aide can
offer that kind of companionship to help your loved one feel soothed.
Better Emotional Memories
Even after someone with Alzheimer’s disease can no longer recognize
family, friends, or details about events, they remember feelings. Their
emotional memories remain and remind them how certain situations made
them feel. Even if they cannot pinpoint any of the details about time
you spent with them, they remember feeling happy and relaxed. These feelings
can be comforting to your loved one, even if the specifics of the memories
Your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t have to recognize
you to enjoy spending time with you. Your companionship can be enjoyable
even if your loved one perceives you as a stranger. These visits can be
a bright spot in days that could otherwise be isolating and confusion.
Home Helpers is pleased to offer home care in Philadelphia that can be
tailored to your family’s needs, including our
Flexi-Rest Program and Friendly Visit Program. Find out more by contacting us at (215) 334-2600.