Dementia Care Services for Seniors in Toronto
What Is Dementia?
Many believe that dementia is its own disease, but it’s actually a term used to refers to symptoms that are caused by other diseases that take a toll on the brain, such as Alzheimer’s. Symptoms can include a combination of memory loss, difficulty focusing and thinking, personality changes, depression, anxiety, difficulty completing everyday tasks, mood changes, and overall confusion.
How to Care for Seniors with Dementia
Looking after a person with dementia presents a unique set of challenges for their loved ones that can leave them feeling overwhelmed. As a leading, we have a few tips for anyone who has a family member with dementia:
- Be positive in your interactions
- Keep their attention by limiting distractions
- Be clear and concise when speaking to them
- Give them your full attention by listening intently and interpreting their expressions
- Lay out the activities in which you’re going to be taking part in clear and easy-to-understand steps
- If they get upset, redirect their attention; distractions may not seem like a good idea, but it is effective for elderly care and dementia patients
- Remember to be patient and give them plenty of love and reassurance
- Help them to recall positive memories
- Maintain your sense of humour, no matter how bad things get
Tips on Caring for Elders with Dementia
Remember that dementia is a progressive disorder that cannot be cured. Certain medications and cognitive therapeutics can slow its progress, but you must realize that there is little you can do to change its course. If there are any behavioural problems, check with their doctor since they may be for a medical reason.
Look for what might have triggered the negative behaviour and try to prevent it. A change in the physical environment is a major reason for negative behaviour. Dementia home care near their home will allow your loved one to remain in their familiar environment for as long as possible.
And don’t hesitate to get help from friends and family. A dementia caregiver can take some of the stress off of you and your family by caring for your loved one.
Cognitive Therapeutics for Dementia Patients
At Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region, we are a leading proponent of cognitive therapeutics for elderly patients with dementia. Our Cognitive Therapeutics Method was developed by an MD with a background in psychology. This method uses the burgeoning field of neuroplasticity as a non-pharmacological method to treat patients with dementia.
Additionally, it can also target issues with mood and functioning and improve their overall quality of life.
Dementia Support at Home for Seniors
Because of the nature of its symptoms, senior home care is especially important for those living with dementia. Home care for elderly people with dementia can ensure their safety and even work to slow the progression of their symptoms. Many people seek dementia care for their senior loved ones to protect them during the day when they’d otherwise be alone, and to help keep their minds active. To learn more about what Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region can offer you in terms of dementia care for seniors, keep on reading.
Our Dementia Care in Toronto
Tailored Companion Care
Our live-in care in Toronto will ensure your senior loved one always has a companion by their side. Keeping them social and making sure they have someone to talk to will help prevent them from becoming depressed, and allow them a companion to chat and spend time with during the day.
Family members can sometimes be too helpful by catering to their senior’s every need—this can be detrimental since they need to use the skills they still have in order to retain them. However, caregivers will be able to accurately assess the abilities of patients, and encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves.
Maintaining a Routine
Seniors with dementia need a routine to be able to function well throughout the day, and avoid getting confused or having outbursts. Our caregivers can design a care plan for your senior loved one, and help them stick to it with their daily routine.
Promote Mental Stimulation
Mental stimulation is important for those suffering from dementia and disorders affecting the brain. Our trained caregivers will encourage care recipients to participate in activities that’ll keep their brains active and healthy for as long as possible.
Adapting the Level of Care
Unfortunately, dementia will progress at some point or another for the majority of patients, and their needs will change. With a caregiver constantly present, they can observe your loved one’s behaviour, assess their changing needs, and adjust their care plans and requirements accordingly.
Maintaining a Safe Environment
Since dementia can cause memory loss, confusion, and forgetfulness, your senior loved one can become a risk to themselves. Caregivers will create a safe environment in which elderly people can still carry out their daily activities and routine, but with the reassured safety of having someone there to assist them.
Your loved one will likely have doctor’s appointments that they need to get to and from, and you may not always be available to drive them. Our services can include transportation to appointments as well as anywhere else seniors need to go, like to pick up medications or even do groceries.
Our providers of dementia home care in York Region are all trained in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method that will greatly benefit your loved one. At Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region, we offer home care for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients at an affordable price. Contact us today for more information.