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Better Support for Dementia Care Patients

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 10, 2015 5:33:06 PM

You've noticed lately that mom or dad just aren't themselves. They've been forgetting important things like taking their medications, paying bills, who they gave money to or worse. You've been dealing with this person in the same way for many decades, and now suddenly they don't respond the way they used to. It can be extremely frustrating and exhausting. Family caregivers coping with an aging family member that is declining mentally have a much tougher time of it than a professional does. There are many options for getting the Sacramento-Dementia-Caresupport you need, and finding education for in-home Sacramento Dementia Care. The Alzheimer's Association sponsors support groups, and has links to third party education resources; UC Davis also has support groups that can help.

At Harmony Home Care, our clients have free access to the same Alzheimer's and Dementia care program that our supervisory, Licensed Nursing Staff, and Certified Caregivers must go through. The program is our patent pending Alzbetter program. With up to 8 hours of online video training and accompanying quizzes, our dementia care families have unlimited access to great programs like the "Right and Wrong" series. This series includes short video training on "Repetitive Actions," "Wandering," how to address conflicts with eating and drinking, dressing, and refusing help. Our lecture series has a series of very professional and informative videos explaining what dementia is, how to communicate effectively with dementia patients, hallucinations, incontinence, and many more. Each video ends with a short quiz so you can evaluate your comprehension of each subject.

We also include a manual that is available at no extra cost to family member. This manual covers all the topics in the video training and can serve as a quick reference or reminder when you encounter those problems yourself with your loved one.

Our caregivers that are assigned to dementia patients have to have completed and passed at least 8 hours of this training. That is above and beyond the basic home care training they are assigned online and hands on in our office. This classroom training is presented by one or more of our nurse supervisory staff, and covers the basics of continence, hygiene, lifting and transferring, as well as caring for bed bound patients.

Finally, our clients families receive access 24/7 to our staffing coordinators and nurse supervisors. Your parents can change quickly, and we will respond quickly, anytime of the day or night that problems or questions arise we are available and eager to serve.

As a client of Harmony Home Care we make training available to the families to help them deal with the challenges of an aging parent with dementia. 

Download this free mini-mental exam to help you determine if  you parents are beigining to suffer from dementia:

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia