Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care

According to the 2011 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures Report, one in every eight Americans over age 65 is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Nearly one in four American households are involved in the frequently stressful and time-consuming task of caring for an aging relative.  Their assistance requires a significant commitment.  The average caregiver devotes nearly 20 hours per week to caring for aging relatives and provides at least 40 hours of care per week.

At CaringGivers, we recognize the importance of educating our staff to better understand the need of customers living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  Many of our services focus on caring for the special needs of these individuals.  Due to many of the behavioral changes that may occur with a loved one, we focus on providing services that support effective communication and an understanding of how to address challenging behaviors such as:

  • Wandering
  • Incontinence
  • Agitation
  • Repetitive speech
  • Paranoia
  • Sleeplessness/”sundowning”
  • Eating/nutrition
  • Bathing/Dressing

We are committed to provide these services to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients due to their desire to live at home.  According to research by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as “aging in place.”  Even if they begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, most (82 percent) would prefer to stay at home.  Few (9 percent) express a preference for moving to a facility where care is provided or moving to a relative’s home (4 percent).

Living under one’s own rules is a key reason for staying in one’s own home, with 42 percent of seniors choosing it as one of their top three considerations.  Thinking about parents’ getting older is on the minds of most adult children (88 percent) and older parents (75 percent).  More than half of adult children (54 percent) think their parents will need their help but less than three in ten (27 percent) older parents agree.  Seventy-five percent of adult children and 69 percent of parents think about the parents’ ability to live independently as they get older.

These facts and figures support the need for home care organizations such as CaringGivers who support caring for the aging living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease while in a safe and loving environment and in the comfort of their own home.