Dementia Care From Sunlife

Get help caring for your loved one with dementia. Sunlife caregivers can help you keep your loved one safe and give you a break as well.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a brain illness that affects memory and other cognitive abilities and results in memory impairment or memory loss.

While Alzheimer’s Disease is the most widely recognized form of dementia, not all dementia results from Alzheimer’s disease. Other often diagnosed dementia diseases include vascular dementia, sudden onset dementia, Lewy Body Disease – or you may simply be told that your loved one suffers from dementia or cognitive impairment.

Whatever type of dementia you or a loved one are facing – Sunlife caregivers can help you face the future more confidently.

Typical Symptoms of Dementia

Early signs of dementia can include more than just memory loss – and can be signs of other medical problems as well.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia can include confusion, problems completing tasks, difficulty finding the correct word, and unusual mood swings or other personality changes, as well as memory loss.

You may notice your loved one forgetting to get dressed or dressing inappropriately. He or she may forget to eat meals.

They may become increasingly unable to cope with changes in routine and the resulting anger or anxiety may surface as emotional outbursts. On the other hand, your loved one may begin to withdraw from social interactions and his or her usual activities.

If you suspect your loved one may be suffering from dementia, a medical evaluation is a good first step.

 

Sunlife – Specialists in Neurological Disorder Care

We specialize in the care of people living with neurological disorders — including Alzheimer’s care, dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and more — and we can help you overcome the challenges, both physical and emotional, you face in meeting their needs.

Our neurological disorder care program focuses on:

  • Environment – We help our clients maintain a safe environment, identifying hidden hazards in the home and making recommendations for enhanced safety measures, such as installing stability bars in the bathroom.
  • Activities – Our caregivers engage clients in intellectually stimulating activities, such as reading books, playing cards, doing puzzles and more. We also listen and learn about the things our clients used to do and enjoy, and create custom activities that will be familiar for them.
  • Routines – Routines are an important part of the care plan for anyone living with cognitive impairments. They can be helpful in prompting recall, memory and in managing the unpredictability of a neurological disease. Sunlife caregivers manage client appointments and schedule activities to help them learn and maintain a routine.
  • Abilities – One of the best treatments for individuals with neurological disorders is the ability to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, such as going for a walk in the park or riding in the car to get ice cream. These activities can help optimize abilities and independence, boost mood and enhance quality of life.

An Important Note — Sunlife caregivers show respect for each person we serve.  We encourage your loved one to do as much as he or she can on their own.

Professional care means you keep your loved one safely at home longer

Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best – “Home is the nicest word there is.”  Familiar surrounding can play a role in treating any disease, including dementia.  However, as dementia progresses, safety for your loved one becomes one of the biggest concerns.  If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or other memory dementia, you may find you need help maintaining a safe environment, particularly when your loved one is outside your home.

 Caring for a dementia patient makes many demands – and will take a toll on the entire family.  Sunlife programs provide caregiving help for the patient – and support for the family as well.

Sunlife home care specialists make sure your loved one gets the best quality memory care.

Sunlife dementia caregivers help you to manage dementia better.

• Help to maintain a calming routine
• Companionship, conversation and other activities to encourage mental stimulation
• Monitoring and managing behavioral changes
• Maintaining a safe environment for your loved one

• Help in managing care levels as the disease progresses.

Choose the dementia care services you need for your loved one.

• Assistance with personal care like toileting, bathing and grooming
• Meal preparation – and company during mealtimes
• Providing transportation to medical appointments, social activities, and other events
• Light housework and help with household tasks
• Help in caring for a pet

Call Sunlife today to learn more about how our specialized dementia caregiving can help your family member continue to enjoy life in their familiar home environment.

Sunlife supports you when you are the primary caregiver.

Respite and Relief – A weekend away, time to spend with other family members, or just a day to yourself now and then can make so much difference. Regularly scheduled respite can help you stay physically healthy and mentally strong.  And when you are healthy and strong physically, mentally and emotionally, you can be a better caregiver for your loved one.

Sunlife’s dementia care program keeps both the patient and the family in mind. Skilled in home caregivers can visit your home, giving you the break from caregiving you need – and keeping your loved one safe at the same time.

Sunlife memory care service lets you leave home, knowing that your loved one is under the watchful eye of a skilled caregiver. Services may range from drop in visits to provide companionship and reminders to take medication to full time home care.

Dementia care designed for the needs of each patient

• For individuals who are safe at home alone but may not remember to take medication or eat properly, a home care aide can provide daytime safety, as well as the needed reminders. Short visits can provide help with a meal or to get the day started.
• For individuals who need more help, caregivers lend a hand with daily activities like dressing, toileting, bathing, cooking, eating or taking medications.

How can we help you?

Do you have questions?  Our dementia care staff are ready to answer your questions. Contact us to schedule an informational appointment or get more information.