Care Mountain provides home care for Richardson, TX and all other cities in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Having 30+ years of home health care experience working with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia home care, we have often seen families mistakenly attribute a sudden and significant behavioral change to Alzheimer’s disease, and as a result not got treatment for the true cause.
Three common causes we have seen for sudden and significant changes in the behavior of someone with Alzheimer’s disease are urinary tract infection & bladder infection, medication issues and/or dehydration. While these causes may lead to behavioral changes in elderly without Alzheimer’s disease, those with this disease are likely to exhibit symptoms at a multiplicative higher level due in part to their diminished coping skills.
A common behavioral symptom from these causes is elevated levels of delirium exhibited by agitation, restlessness, hallucinations or delusions. The progression of Alzheimer’s disease is not inherent of sudden and drastic declines, so any such change would likely beg for another explanation. We high-lite this issue because by explaining these behavioral changes away as part of the Alzheimer’s disease, then the true underlying cause untreated often results in much more serious challenges. An increase in the risk of falls is just one of many examples of much more serious challenges. This is something we come across all too often when evaluating clients for admission to our home health care agency in Richardson, TX and surrounding Dallas Fort Worth cities.
If you are providing home care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease in the Dallas, TX area, then chances are it may seem like an overwhelming task to get your loved one to a doctor for an evaluation. Over the past few years an increasing amount of companies in the Dallas area have opened that will send a doctor or nurse practitioner to your home that can do the needed evaluation to make a proper diagnosis. Some of the more noted companies in the Dallas Fort Worth area include the Visiting Physician’s Association, American Visiting Doctors, USA Doctors On Wheels, Visiting Physician’s Network, Texas Physician House Calls, Esteem House Call Physicians and House Calls Plus.
If you visit the caregiver portal on our local Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association websites you may be surprised to see just how common it is for Alzheimer’s caregivers to experience behavioral issues related to urinary tract and bladder infections, medication issues and/or dehydration. Urinary tract and bladder infections seem to be the most common of all. In other words, don’t be surprised if this is your case too – it is all too common!
This reminds me of a client whose daughter had called us four years ago to provide Alzheimer’s home care in University Park, TX for her mom. Her dad had been the primary caregiver and was very reluctant to allow anyone to come into their home and help him. But, Betsy (daughter) said her dad called her late that morning exhausted saying he just could not do it alone anymore. When I met Betsy’s dad, he indicated while there had been some challenging days with his wife, he was able to get by alone as there were many more good days than bad. But, lately the level of agitation in his wife had elevated to levels not typical of her, and the agitation did not seem to let up. Bill (dad) was now just totally exhausted. Since Bill’s wife’s behavior changed suddenly, I suggest to him that she get evaluated for urinary tract/bladder infection, medication issues or dehydration causes to his wife’s sudden behavior change. Turned out she had a urinary tract infection, and after a few days on antibiotics Bill felt comfortable managing the situation alone again. We did not hear from Bill again until a year ago.CLICK HERE FOR FAQ
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