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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 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.

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(480) 632-1100

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Right at Home’s Dementia and Cognitive Support Program

What if every person with dementia, no matter how advanced their disease, still had the ability to be present and aware of their surroundings? That’s the question that inspired our approach. To us, it’s not unrealistic. In fact, we’ve made it a fundamental goal of our care program. Our method is customized to the unique needs of the person with dementia, and delivered by certified providers. It consists of reinforcing the three key grounding principles:

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Ability
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Personhood
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Lifestyle
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Feeling Lost?

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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"They have not let me down. If someone is late or sick, they will inform me. The caregiver is very professional in the way she handles herself and how she treats Wallace. She is very polite and cheery with him. She has a good attitude and does everything very well. She always has a good attitude and pays attention to him often. They have been able to provide caregivers that are able to provide the exact care that Wallace needs. I have no other suggestions. (Interview completed with Avis Adams, Wallace's partner)"

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"The office is very responsive and the caregivers do all we ask them to do in taking care of my father in law. They accompany my father in law, which I couldn't do all the time, so it gave me more freedom in my life. They fulfill my father's needs. They give him his showers once a week and help him around. They were all capable of doing the things my father in law needs, whether it be helping him get around, helping him shower, or just being there with him. I didn't interact with them much but they were very nice and my father in law liked them. When I contact them, they are very quick to get back to me. Two of the caregivers were wonderful, but there was one that was really short and she had a hard time taking care of him because of that. We would like one consistent caretaker. (Interview completed with client's wife.) "
Gary

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"They took care of my son and everything went very well. The house was clean and my son was fed too. Right at Home has good people so it's a positive thing and they do everything well. He was very happy with the care he is getting. They seemed very attentive to his needs. They provide good people to take care of my son while I am gone. There is nothing for now for them to change."

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"Right at Home seems to have better quality caregivers. Right at Home is accountable for their services. The caregivers are great people. The caregivers know their routine and they get started right away. Generally, the women caregivers are more compassionate than the men caregivers. The office staff is getting better at not waiting until the last minute to give notices. I appreciate the personalities of the caregivers and their accountability. There is nothing else Right at Home can improve."

Kelly K.

 

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"Right at Home has provided our family with trained, responsible and caring caregivers. They help my husband with feedings, personal hygiene and toileting. We have 3 caregivers that work with my husband, each caregiver has a personality that fits well with my husband's interests and needs. We are very comfortable with the caregivers that Right at Home has sent us."
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"I liked the two people that came. My caregivers emptied my porta-potty and my trash. Ben keeps busy the whole time he's here. Ben does so many different things. He gathers the trash and throws it away and takes care of my dirty dishes. Ben talks to me and wants to know how I feel and how I'm doing. He seems able to do what he needs to. He starts my husband's truck and tried to pump up the tire on my golf cart."
Rager

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"The caregiver lady was very interesting and she was also a very good Christian. We read the bible together and she stayed the night with me. She made me feel very comfortable in my own home. She paid total attention to me and was able to answer questions that I had regarding what was going on. She sat and really listened to me. I could tell by the loving care she gave that she had compassion. It was like a father-son situation. I don't think there was anything they could have done differently."

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