Last month we discussed some of the basics around Alzheimer’s Disease and helped you get acquainted with what the first signs are so you know what to be aware of.
This month we’d like to help you understand some of the stages and unique care required for a senior with this life-changing diagnosis.
There are three basic stages of Alzheimer’s disease
- Early – In the early stages, Alzheimer’s can go undetected. When we read about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s may feel alarmed by some of the recognizable traits in ourselves. We’ve all misplaced keys, forgot a name or the next word, or just plain lost focus. The difference is that when someone without Alzheimer’s is forgetful or unfocused, it passes and only happens periodically. For a patient with Alzheimer’s, forgetfulness, as well as the other symptoms, increase as time goes on.
- Middle – The middle stage of Alzheimer’s Disease begins to show a more obvious cognitive decline. Delusions, compulsions, and repetitive behaviors may begin. There may be trouble getting dressed, incontinence, and sleep disturbances as well.
- Late – The late stage of Alzheimer’s is, of course, the most severe. In this stage, the above symptoms are increased, along with personality changes, difficulty moving, eating, and swallowing, and susceptibility to infections such as pneumonia.
Alzheimer’s disease is different, so it requires unique care
All senior care is customized, but it may be even more so for patients with Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, so do the unique needs of the patient. Our caregivers are trained and ready to help patients and their families cope. They help our seniors with every facet of the new needs as they arise, realizing that those needs can change from day to day.
It’s difficult for an Alzheimer’s patient to feel at ease, but our caregivers are prepared to do just that with an empathetic, compassionate, and hands-on approach. They understand and establish trust by reading body language, knowing when a patient requires space or wants some much-needed help and interaction. Caregivers are adept at creating routines, planning activities, promoting communication, helping seniors eat a nutritious diet, helping them exercise, and boosting their self-esteem. They even help patients keep their animal companions.
Our caregivers bring some positivity to a tough circumstance. You can feel confident knowing that they are not only highly trained in Alzheimer’s care, but feel called to do this work because they truly care about the happiness and well being of their patients.
We know an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is daunting, to say the least, and our experienced staff is here every step of the way. There is no question or request too small, so please let us know how we can best serve you.
One last thing. We love getting involved in our community! In light of this, we are sponsoring and participating in the Alzheimer’s Walk on Sat, Nov 14 at 9 am in Mesa, AZ. Here is the link in case you would like to get involved!