Certainly, dementia care is crucial for individuals with a dementia diagnosis. But, if you or a loved one is living with dementia, it may be difficult making a decision on care and treatment. Because dementia brings about a number of different issues and symptoms may differ from person to person, care can take form in a number of ways. However, one of the most popular choices for care is in-home care with the help of dementia caregiver support.
Questions to Ask Yourself About Dementia & Care
If you’re wondering if an in-home caregiver is the right choice for you or a family member living with dementia, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine if this method of care is right for your family.
Above all, you need to first determine whether you or another family member will be the one to help with dementia caregiving. So, the first question to answer is:
Is anyone in your family willing and qualified to live and care for your loved one full-time?
If yes, is the person in question:
- willing and qualified to care for someone with dementia?
- willing to bathe and clothe the individual living with dementia?
- special trained or have previous experience caring for individuals with dementia?
- willing and able to prepare meals, go grocery shopping, manage the intake of medications, clean the house, and more?
- flexible in schedule enough to care for unforeseeable circumstances like emergency trips to the ER or hospital?
- equipped with the skills and resources needed to plan and create meals, snacks, and drinks?
- licensed, insured, and equipped with a vehicle for transportation?
- available for long term care?
If you can’t answer “yes” to all of these questions, you may not be qualified to provide your aging loved one with dementia in-home care. However, in-home caregivers have experience not only with caring for individuals with dementia, they can provide care throughout all the stages of dementia. As a person with dementia may get worse, expectations for care may change. And, in-home caregivers are knowledgeable and compassionate enough to provide this care, even as dementia progresses.
What In-Home Caregivers do to Provide Dementia Caregiver Support
Undoubtedly, one of the best things about hiring an in-home caregiver is giving your aging loved one the independence to continue living from home. Many aging individuals, including ones diagnosed with dementia, may live healthier, happier lives from home, even as they begin to lose functionality, with the help of an in-home caregiver.
An in-home caregiver referred to your family through Florida First Senior Home Care may help with:
- Preparing snacks and meals
- Medication preparation, reminding, pharmacy pick-up, and administration when needed
- Transportation to and from doctor visits, pharmacy, grocery store, and more
- Organization of the house
- Bathing, daily routines, and getting dressed
- Fall prevention efforts
- Ambulating, getting up/downstairs, and sitting/standing
- And more
How Florida First Can Help With Dementia Caregiver Support
In short, Florida First Senior Home Care is committed to pairing individuals who have a need for an in-home caregiver with a referral to a qualified caregiver. Therefore, we currently serve individuals living throughout South Florida. So, this includes people living in Broward, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Pompano, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Wellington.
Finally, find out more about how we can help pair you to the caregiver your family needs on our website. This way, you can secure the independence and in-home living of a loved one living with dementia. For a free, no-obligation quote, call us today at 561-279-5470.