At LifeStyle Options, we understand how caring for a loved one with the disease can be difficult both physically and mentally for the family caregiver. The Alzheimer’s Association’s survey reported that 60% of family caregivers rated emotional stress and 40% rated depression as concerns for their own health and wellbeing. We at LifeStyle Options are here for you when you are feeling overwhelmed. You do not have to be alone during this difficult journey.
Our caregivers are trained in Dementia/Alzheimer’s-specific care allowing them to give the compassionate and knowledgeable care that is expected of a dementia trained caregiver. Jane Keys, a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional (CMDCP) with thirty plus years’ experience provides ongoing training.
She has introduced the caregivers to the symptoms of the disease, but more importantly, trained them how to interact and care for the individual with the disease using different dementia specific techniques customized to meet the needs of each client.
A Registered Nurse will schedule a complimentary care assessment to develop a customized care plan for our caregivers to follow with input from the Memory Loss Specialist when needed.
At Lifestyle Options, our caregivers utilized a variety of tools to enhance the experience of each client based on their care plan. For example, we utilize specialized Alzheimer’s books that provided help with memory, reading by the client and caregiver, questions regarding the pages they have read, and other tools designed to benefit the individual with memory loss. These techniques allow them to retain their dignity and independence.
We also provide:
Education for spouses, family members, friends and the community
Access to support groups for the persons living with the disease and their care partners
One-on-one visit with a Memory Loss Specialist
Monthly articles in the branch newsletter and AZ Health and Living magazine regarding Alzheimer's/Dementia and other topics
Caregivers who have tried to develop a safe environment for their loved one have often been discouraged and felt that they were not properly equipped or educated about how to do so successfully.
There is a book on this subject titled “The Complete Guide to Alzheimer's– Proofing Your Home” written by Mark L. Warner. I recommend it to anyone needing to create a safe environment for their loved one. This book provides you the “how-to” on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's.
There are numerous challenges when living with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease. With so many hardships that can be imposed on both the person with the disease and the caregiver, trying to convert the home into a safe environment can be difficult. With the help of this book, issues can be resolved with some simple modifications.
Preparing your home should not be overwhelming. Start as soon as possible because the person with Alzheimer’s may react to strangers in your house, noise, and the modifications that will be on going.
Ideally your home should consist of many familiar things, be comfortable, safe, and easy to live in. A home should adapt to the needs of both the caregiver and the person with Alzheimer’s.
Safety proofing your home is important. Dangers can lurk anywhere, real or not. By providing a familiar, comfortable environment, your loved one will feel assured and safe.