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Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Cognitive Change

No matter the cause, conditions that result in a change of mood, memory or the thinking process are especially tough. When these are associated with aging, we often call them “Alzheimer’s,” but in reality, Alzheimer’s is just one of many different disorders of the brain.

Caring for a family member or friend with cognitive difficulties is demanding. If you’re doing it by yourself, it’s even tougher. At times, it can feel like you’re battling both the disease and the person. They need a sense of normalcy, but they don’t always act like they want it. Even when you’re doing everything right, it can feel like you’re doing everything wrong. It drains you emotionally and physically.

We believe that it doesn’t have to. Our approach is about helping you reclaim precious moments with your loved one, so instead of worrying about their bad days, you can celebrate their good days. Most of all, we want to be there for both of you so you don't have to do it alone.

Right at Home Alameda County offers a customized care plan with a combination of personal care, companionship and homemaking, and just as importantly, we can provide respite care for you and your other loved ones.

Need help right now? Call us any time at

(510) 690-9612

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Let Us Help You Care for Those With Dementia

It can be especially hard to help someone with dementia like Alzheimer’s when the condition is so difficult to understand. In this guide, we’ll give you the basics of what causes dementia, along with some strategies for care.
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Right at Home’s Dementia Guide Video Series

In this collection, gerontologist Diane Darby Beach, Ph.D., will take you through some of the most important details of how cognitive change can progress, so you can be more prepared for whatever the future brings.
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Four Ways We Can Help

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1. Building Normalcy
Reducing stress for someone with Alzheimer’s means being consistent. We can help you and your friend or family member create and stick to a routine, and we can do it in a way that meets their particular needs.
This includes:

  • Making sure the home feels familiar to them
  • Giving them the freedom to move about unrestricted in the home
  • Minimizing stresses that can aggravate the symptoms of cognitive change
  • Keeping them oriented with daily reminders of time, place and person
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2. A Helping Hand
Along with a specialized cognitive care plan, Right at Home caregivers also provide general companionship to your loved one, including helping with daily tasks and protecting them from isolation or loneliness.
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3. Keeping Them on Track
People with dementia may have specific, strict medication regimens. In some cases, this could require the services of a skilled nurse. Fortunately, in some states, many of our caregivers are also trained nurses, so you can rest assured the person’s needs will be met.
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4. Giving You a Break
Since you carry a heavy burden as a caregiver of a person with dementia, it’s important to have a break. We can help with that, too, giving you much-needed rest and time off so you can focus on your own needs.
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The Latest Thinking in Cognitive and Dementia Care

Research into the care and treatment of dementia like Alzheimer’s is constantly growing. Here are some of the latest ideas that have guided our training and care programs.

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"Our mother turned to Right at Home when the need arose for her to have professional support present in her apartment 24 hours a day due to the risk of her falling and her gradually diminishing abilities to conduct the essential activities of daily life. My sister and I were concerned about allowing someone into my mother’s home. Over time, we grew and remained greatly satisfied with RAH services. The employees who visited my mother were each kind and caring. Them being present became a basis for us to relax somewhat, knowing there was care for our mother. RAH office staff members were actively aware of the services provided on a shift-by-shift basis. With holidays and other special events, RAH staff was as close as the phone and were always available as needed to support our mother as my sister and I crafted the best program of professional coverage possible."

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"I like how they are very personable and they take an interest in you and they try to match the caregiver with the person. They always want to provide you with someone that is compatible. They are generally younger people, but my husband and I both used to be teachers so we like that, and they like doing things for us. It depends on the person. They are not all the same, but all in all we are quite satisfied. Fortunately we get to form relationships with them. They (office staff) are fantastic. It is a difficult job to line people up and match them to clients. They do a fantastic job, and they communicate with me about my satisfaction with the caregivers. They are matched well. We are not bedridden, and they are really responsible."
H. Joan L.

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"We had actually spoken to a couple of other companies and Right at Home seemed to be the most personalized and best fit our needs. The care has been superb. It is not just clinically correct, it is also loving! My grandma is happy and very excited when she sees her caregiver. In fact, right now they are playing cards. This has freed us up to be able to do other things, and it is magnificent! The caregiver has great coping mechanisms for all of my grandmother's idiosyncrasies. She has great skills in bathing and dressing and has great initiative. They (office staff) are very responsive if we have any questions or need to add any hours. They are nice with the family and they are able to relate to Viola's culture."
Alicia M.

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