Alzheimer's Disease - How we can help.
Alzheimer's disease (AD), accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. It is a chronic neuro-degenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss). As the disease advances, symptoms can include: problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self-care, and behavioral issues. As a person's condition declines, she or he often withdraws from family and society. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Although the speed of progression can vary, the average life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years.
Since Alzheimer's has no cure and it gradually renders people incapable of tending for their own needs, caregiving essentially is the treatment and must be carefully managed over the course of the disease.
Our caregivers are trained in Alzheimer’s and Dementia management and care. They understand the stages and the unique care that is needed for each stage.
The early and moderate stages, modifications to the living environment and lifestyle can increase patient safety and reduce the vulnerability to injury.
Examples of such modifications are; Everyday life:
adherence to simplified routines
placing of safety locks
Cues such as labeling of household items
use of modified daily life objects
Food; if food becomes problematic, food will need to be prepared in smaller pieces or even pureed
Swallowing; if swallowing difficulty arise, the use of feeding tubes may be required. In such cases, our skilled medical nurses can manage and teach the family the proper techniques and unique issues that arise.
As the disease progresses, different medical issues can appear, such as oral and dental disease, pressure ulcers, malnutrition, hygiene problems, or respiratory, skin, or eye infections. Careful management can prevent them, while professional treatment is needed when they do arise. During the final stages of the disease, treatment is centered on relieving discomfort.
The role of the main caregiver is often taken by the spouse or a close relative. Alzheimer's disease is known for placing a great burden on caregivers which includes social, psychological, physical or economic aspects. Home care is usually preferred by people with AD and their families and is a cost effective way to give trained care to the person with AD and give the family caregiver respite and/or a release to maintain their normal lifestyle.
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