ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA CARE
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that deteriorate memory and other important mental functions and is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia isn’t a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting intellectual and social abilities severely enough to interfere with day-to-day life.
Our caregivers on the dementia team receive ongoing training to work with Alzheimer’s and Dementia cases. People with Alzheimer’s Disease cannot control what is happening to them. We strive to learn new ways to relate to the person with Alzheimer’s.
Mental, social, and physical activities help maintain a person’s health and well-being. Our caregivers engage with the individuals with mind-stimulating activities including taking walks, singing songs, reading, talking, telling stories, and doing puzzles.
While many LGBT seniors have been out and vocal about their orientation, being placed in the care of individuals who may not be open to—or educated in dealing with—the LGBT community places them at greater risk for discrimination, isolation and abuse.
Home is often the only place that LGBT individuals feel comfortable.
The challenge in finding competent, compassionate, nondiscriminatory care lies in finding caregivers and agencies with the right attitude about caring for someone with a different sexual orientation.
“LGBT seniors have had to contend with home care agencies and caregivers that have refused care, provided substandard services, been abusive, or tried to convert them—a disrespectful and harmful action. They are less likely to report abuse to law enforcement or adult protective services agencies because they fear being “outed” by their caregivers.”
Via home care will
• Provide staff training on how to engage with the LGBT community, including cultural competency courses.
• Give seniors the opportunity to state their sexual orientation on applications.
• Include “gender identity or expression” (or “gender identity”) and “sexual orientation” as protected classes, in addition to other federally-protected classes, in non-discrimination policies.
POST STROKE CARE
The transition home after a stroke can be a stressful one.
Apabilities have diminished, sometimes quite substantially so that significant assistance is needed. Our goal is to assist our clients in regaining as much of those capabilities as possible.
CARE FOR CANCER
Compassion and support…these are the two things that clients coping with cancer tell us they need most. However, not just the care recipient needs help. Family members also need support and respite to maintain their health.
ur care managers and caregivers provide that consistent support by offering:
• Emotional support
• Preparation of special diets and nutritious meals
• Transportation to frequent doctor’s appointments and treatments
• Sitting with clients through chemotherapy treatments
• Getting outdoors and visiting the park
• Indoor and outdoor exercise assistance when possible
• Respite for a spouse that needs periodic breaks from care
Parkinson’s is a complex disease that affects each patient differently. Effectively caring for a Parkinson’s client often requires a multi-discipline approach including personal care, medication management, physical therapies, and exercises.