Alzheimer's & Dementia Care: Comforcare Can Help with DementiaWise
Comforcare understands Alzheimer's and dementia along with the challenges that families and loved ones are going through. We are here to help with our DementiaWise program, a unique approach to dementia care. We use a comprehensive approach to care for clients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, from early stage to late stage. The goal is to increase their positive experiences and engage them with the world and people around them - - - connection is important. This creates days that are more positive and safe. Caregivers focus on accentuating the positive by supporting and encouraging the client's remaining skills/abilities through the use of personalized, meaningful activities. Using proven best practices and strategies creates a supportive and therapeutic environment to ensure care that meets your loved one's needs and preferences.
As a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) I help support/empower and educate clients and families by offering resources, monthly in-home visits and updated care reports to families. A Comforcare value - added personalized service.
My mother suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Her symptoms and behaviors changed as the stages of the disease progressed. Her memory loss affected her daily activities and she displayed the following behaviors: trouble with familiar tasks, getting lost, difficulties with problem solving, mood and personality changes, decreased judgment, becoming disoriented and constantly asking the same question over and over. My father was her primary caregiver and I and my siblings shared caregiving duties until she needed full time help to give the family some respite care. My mother knew who we were but could not identify objects. She did not know what a spoon was or what the oven was for or how to turn on the television. My mother was a petite woman who enjoyed fashionable clothes, going to lunch with friends, playing tennis and playing a weekly game of mahjong. She was disappearing before my eyes. This was not my mother, it was someone else, a stranger. I often noticed her just blankly staring into space. I would sit next to her, holding her hand, talking gently, sharing family photos and spending as much time with her as possible. I found myself grieving the loss of my mother as I knew her. The vibrant mother who enjoyed her family, her husband, her children and grandchildren. I was experiencing anticipatory grief. A type of grief that one can experience prior to a physical death (common in families whose loved ones are suffering with Alzheimer's or dementia).
Why does our concierge DementiaWise program work? We offer - customized care, focus on client needs and abilities, respect for personal preferences, understand and respond to dementia behaviors to keep emotional balance. It works!
Mother Theresa said "It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing."