Are your care givers highly trained and experienced in the care at home for someone with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia? Yes. The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas, Texas has awarded our care givers in SIX recent years the competitive Outstanding Caregiver of the Year Award for recognition of high quality achievement in the care at home home for elderly with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. This award is a highly competitive and coveted in the care of Alzheimer’s disease, that very few ever get awarded in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex!
We only place caregivers to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, or another dementia, that have extensive successful experience caring for the dementia at hand. Since Alzheimer’s disease and most other common types of dementia are a chronic progressive condition, we also ensure the care givers are trained to be proactive in their care giving. This will ensure stress levels in the environment remain low, which is especially important when caring for Alzheimer’s disease and other common types of dementia.
One of the most common concerns families bring to us with a loved one having Alzheimer’s disease has to do with behavioral issues associated with the disease, such as agitation, wandering and disruptive sleep patterns. Alzheimer’s disease represents a progressive decline in one’s ability to cope, so in resolving behavioral issues we identify and manage triggers of the behavior the person is trying to cope with. Identifying triggers of undesirable behavior is often not easy, but one of the best ways we found to do this is by keeping a log of what the person was exposed to up to three hours before the behavior occurred. The behavioral trigger will often be a reoccurring notation in your log.
Our care givers often find behavioral issues can emanate from an illness or discomfort a person with Alzheimer’s disease is experiencing. Since this person’s ability to cope is diminishing, we have found the symptoms of any illness to be three times greater than for someone without Alzheimer’s disease. Some seemingly small but rather common things that can make a big difference in behavior are related to a urinary tract or bladder infection, dehydration or a medication issue.
When families call about a love one with Alzheimer’s disease they share some challenging behavior issues they are dealing with, and are often concerned about being able to find and retain a good care giver under those conditions. It is not easy to find really good care givers, but we do find them through a lot of effort. We also work really hard getting the best fit with a care giver and client, and not just put a warm body in to do tasks. Getting this best fit with a client has allowed us to have one of the lowest caregiver turnovers in the Dallas Fort Worth area, and is a big reason why we have never had a single State complaint!