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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.

Need help right now? Call us any time at

(336) 760-7131

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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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female caregiver playing chess with senior

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Adapting the Home When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's Disease

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When Your Loved One Receives a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

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"Right at Home – Winston Salem, NC was very professional, courteous and caring for my parents. The office staff kept us in constant communication of all aspects of their care. If an issue did arise, they were diligent and prompt to resolve it. They allowed my parents to stay in their house and live out their days with dignity, safety and love. I would recommend Right at Home to anyone that needs the highest quality care for a family member."

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"We have been exceptionally pleased with the services provided by Right at Home ... They have provided education-based care to a loved one with advancing dementia with dignity and respect."
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"We were visiting in Winston Salem and had unexpected needs with my father. Jackie Brewer was willing to come on short notice and on a weekend to evaluate my father. She was also able to find an available caretaker. My father was very happy with his care and felt very much better. Right at Home helped us turn a near disaster into a happy weekend."
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"The fact that the caregiver was matched so well with my father made it so much easier to accept a stranger into his home. We had anticipated that my father wouldn't like anyone who came, but he really likes his caregiver. She did everything we asked her to do, and was very pleasant and friendly. She took him to a doctor's appointment one day, which was a blessing to me. I usually take him but this appt was spur-of-the-moment, and she got him there without missing a beat. I highly recommend Right at Home."
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"Right at Home literally live up to it's name. The agency leadership staff Shanita and Kaitlyn were the face and voice prior to the services being implemented, They are very professional and went beyond my expectations to find the appropriate staff to service the special and demanding needs of my father. I am truly satisfied with this agency and also with open communication of being informed. I rate them 5 stars."
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"The caregivers are so nice ... They just help us with anything we need. The office staff is also great. I appreciate that they always return phone calls timely."
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"Right at Home has been a life saver for our family! They have been incredibly responsive and flexible as we needed to arrange care for our elderly parents. Initially, after a fall that required emergency surgery, we needed overnight hospital care for our father. Now that he is back home, we have transitioned to in-home care to help both of our parents with daily tasks and challenges. The kind folks at Right at Home have helped us through every phase. Because of the skilled and flexible care provided by the Right at Home nurses, our parents are comfortable and safe in their own home. We are beyond grateful! "
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