Comfort Keepers Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care in Gainesville, FL
Comfort Keepers® Gainesville Offers Dementia Care Help in North Florida
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds–and that rate is on the rise. Meanwhile, the responsibility of caring for this growing number of vulnerable seniors often defaults to family members. But who can support the family caregiver during these difficult times? Comfort Keepers® Gainesville can help with dementia care.
What Does a Dementia Diagnosis Mean for the Patient and the Caregiver?
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, accounts for more than half of all dementia cases. At its onset, it may appear as minor as memory loss or the inability to manage once-familiar tasks. Over time, however, dementia may cause a person to withdraw from social activities, limiting a person’s ability to remain independent. As the care burden increases, family caregivers may find they need a break to recharge. Studies have found that almost 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia care givers report high or very high levels of emotional stress, and 40 percent admit to suffering from depression.
Four Ways Comfort Keepers Gainesville Can Provide Support
Taking on the role of caregiver can be a challenge. While you want to give your loved one the assistance needed to live independently at home for as long as possible, you also have to juggle your own work and family obligations. Finding the time to do it all alone is difficult. Last year, for example, family caregivers volunteered nearly 18 billion hours of assistance caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
For families struggling with the demands of caregiving in the Gainesville, Florida area, Comfort Keepers offers supportive services to ease the burden. Our caregivers, or Comfort Keepers®, receive training specific to the needs of adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. We can provide assistance in the following ways:
- Help you understand the progression of the disease and how your loved one’s behavior may change over time;
- Assess your loved one’s home environment to identify potential safety considerations, such as trip hazards;
- Engage your loved one in meaningful mental and physical activities designed to stimulate the memory and reduce anxiety and irritability common among Alzheimer’s sufferers; and
- Provide compassionate, in-home care for your loved one, allowing you to take time out to take care of other responsibilities, or just relax and recuperate.
As a result, you’re able to spend less time worrying about the details of care so you can focus on what matters most–spending quality time with your loved one.
If your goal is to help your loved one with dementia stay in the familiar surroundings of home, Comfort Keepers Gainesville is ready to design a care plan to meet your loved one’s unique needs. Using our Interactive Caregiving™ system, a Comfort Keeper takes time to get to know your loved one and engage him or her in pleasurable activities, such as reminiscing over photos or enjoying a walk in the park. A Comfort Keeper can also help your loved one in dementia care with personal care needs or household chores. Rest assured, we will work with you and your loved one to develop a care plan that fits your situation.
Find out how we can support you and your loved one today with dementia care. Email us or call (352) 221-9244 to arrange a consultation with Comfort Keepers Gainesville.
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