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  • The journey of people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia and their caregivers

    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.
    Talk to us today, call at 416-431-6266. Email us at info@gerihealthhomecare.ca