Over 5 million people suffer from varying stages of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in the United States alone. Alzheimer’s is a common form of dementia that negatively impacts the portions of the brain that effect thought, memory and language. The initial symptoms may be as minor as forgetting names or recent events – but as the disease progresses, the Alzheimer’s patient may wander, become anxious, aggressive, and eventually forget how to perform daily living tasks.
Currently this disease costs the nation over $203 billion annually. This is in addition to care provided by unpaid family and friends valued at $216 billion. Additionally, countless families across our nation must deal with the costs and devastation for dementia caused by vascular issues, brain trauma, or other disease-related memory loss. The frequency and number of dementia patients continue to increase dramatically each year.
Until a cure is found for Alzheimer’s and other disease-related dementia, the best response is competent and compassionate care provided by informed families and caring professionals. At Golden Heart, we are especially equipped to provide expertise and support in both these areas. the best response is competent and compassionate careWhether or not the family is involved in the daily care, we have professional staff who can offer counseling, education, mentoring and support to these family members. We offer anything from a few hours’ respite care to 24-hour live-in care.
Most people hope to age safely and comfortably in their own home, including those managing dementia. Golden Heart Senior Care can assist so that memory care patients can safely stay in their own home for as long as possible. We take measures to ensure the person remains safe, and we can successfully manage the care for clients all the way through the palliative care process if that is their wish.
Our Caregivers have the opportunity to receive Directed Care training by local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR), Hospice organizations, as well as our CEU Partner Aquire Training. Our level of care includes but is not limited to:
- Meal planning and nutrition
- Assist patients with dressing and personal grooming
- Aid in communication
- Medication reminders
- Implement home safety measures to prevent driving, wandering, and inappropriate use of appliances
- Memory enhanced activities
- Creating moments of joy
- Advocacy with doctors, household contractors, insurance companies, etc.
- Creative socialization
- Errands, doctors’ appointments, and other outings
- Empowerment to enjoy the optimum lifestyle possible throughout the various stages of dementia
- Education and counseling support for families throughout all the stages of dementia or AD