Are you one of the home health care agencies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex highly experienced providing home health care for someone with dementia? Yes. Of the ten types of dementia, we have extensive experience providing home health care for the common types of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), mixed dementia, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, normal pressure hydrocephalus and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.
Knowing the type of dementia your love one has is helpful in getting best results from care giving efforts. Since each type of dementia can take on a different form of progression, knowing the type allows a care giver to take a more proactive approach to care, which minimizes crisis care giving that creates harmful stress in the enviornment.
The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s and vascular in nature, and as result that is what we have had the most experience with. Yes, we have worked extensively though with many of the other types of dementia mentioned previously.
Caring for someone with dementia is one of the most team intensive care giving efforts we face. And, ironically we have found many times the “significant other” of the person with dementia often needs more support than the person with dementia. A main reason for this, is that dementia can be a disease requiring the “significant other” to cope with it around the clock. And coping skills that are constantly being tested can have a more detrimental impact on one’s own health, which can lead to a health decline more significant than that of the loved one you are caring for with dementia.
Two important things a person can do to care for their love one is to accept the reality of the dementia, and set healthy limits for themselves. This is much easier said than done. When it comes to caring for a love one, it is not easy to accept that they have a disease with a progressive or terminal outcome, so many try to explain things away or try to create a more desirable reality. Unfortunately, when the reality we are trying to create differs from true reality, we tend not to get desirable outcomes from our care giving efforts. We have seen once the reality of a love one’s dementia is accepted by the significant other(s), stress is minimized and care giving efforts are much more successful by all involved.
Getting through acceptance of the reality of a love one having dementia often depends on one’s current coping skills dealing with grief and loss, and the level of education possessed on the type of dementia at hand. Setting healthy limits for oneself while caring for a love one, means that you will not be much good to others for very long, if you are not taking good care of yourself. Setting health limits starts with the basics such as getting adequate sleep, eating right, exercising and taking quality alone time without feeling guilty about it.