The journey of people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia and their caregivers
— September 11th, 2019
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that affects memory, cognition, thinking, and behaviour. While researchers are searching for a cure for these debilitating diseases, we continue to find ways to create an environment that maintains a quality of life for everyone affected. As the disease process progresses, we find solutions for situations that the people affected including their caregivers are feeling helpless and hopeless because the experience is getting difficult everyday.
Looking on a deeper perspective of the disease, it is important to understand the individuality of a person. This will give insights and be open minded in dealing with situations effectively. This will allow the person affected with cognitive decline to express themselves in a unique way and be supported in their dignity and quality of life.
It is vague to understand every aspect in life but there are so many factors as to why a person is thinking and behaving in such a way when affected. Culture, ethnic origin, beliefs and experiences have influences in one’s personality, behaviour and lifestyles. When caring for a person affected with the disease, these are important to consider as factors to learn better and plan of care according to the presenting thinking and behaviour. There are a lot more to consider as a factor such as chronic illness present, symptoms that is being experience, environmental factors, social factors and present overall well being of the person.
The priority goals of care in treatment and management of Alzheimer’s disease include to slow the progression of disease, controlling symptoms and providing a supportive, compassionate and caring environment.
Learning the disease process will help caregivers to understand a deeper meaning of the changes caused by the disease. Having an open mind will help to be creative in managing and have patience and understanding. Developing strategies and skills to support and allowing expression of one’s self and nurture the well being of your loved one.
Geri Health Home Care will deliver a specialized and holistic approach in caring for your loved one affected with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. We will develop individualized programs to improve cognitive, behaviour, physical and social skills, and ultimately improve the quality of life. We will help and guide you through your journey as the caregiver who plays important role in your loved one’s life. As the caregiver, we will take care of your well being as well. We will coach you; you can have access to your nurses 24/7 and will provide you with a respite care you may require.
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Anabelle Heramia is the founder of Geri Health Home Care. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Lyceum Northwestern University in the Philippines. She started her Nursing career at a Pediatric facility in the Philippines then had the opportunity to worked in Singapore General Hospital in Singapore. She came to Canada and worked as live-in caregiver. Anabelle is very motivated person, driven by her passion of caring and her Nursing profession. She graduated the program Bridging to University Nursing at Centennial College and started working in Acute geriatric medicine at Sunnybrook Health Science Center. She also worked in Palliative Care at Providence healthcare for number of years. Her Nursing career at Sunnybrook is diverse and extensive experience, she worked in various units including step down ICU and Hemodialysis unit. Anabelle founded Geri health Home Care which is her way for her passion and dedication to care for the seniors, people with complex chronic medical problems, people who decided to live comfortably as palliative at home and most of all provide care and support for family caregivers who most of them spend so much time for their loved ones.