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DEMENTIA AND MEMORY CARE

DEMENTIA AND MEMORY CARE

DEMENTIA AND MEMORY CARE FOR ELDERLY AND SENIORS

Watching a beloved elderly parent or grandparent suffer with Dementia, mental confusion and memory loss is difficult. Someone who kept track of every birthday or special occasion now forgets daily plans and simple tasks.

You worry about their safety as the condition worsens. Are they able to still cook for themselves, will they get lost if they go shopping, are they taking their medications?

For 30 years, A-1 Home Care Agency has been helping families like yours by providing expert and compassionate in home Dementia and Memory Care for your elderly or senior loved one.

Our professional Caregivers, Nurse Aides, Home Health Aides, Senior Companions and Personal Care Attendants are experienced with Dementia, Memory Care, Sundowner’s Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease.

They provide the safety supervision, companionship and understanding your loved one needs to stay safe and help with the confusion and frustration of their memory loss.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

While dementia is a decline in mental acuity that affects performing daily tasks, Alzheimer’s is usually the disease that causes dementia. Both are progressive conditions so a senior or elderly loved one with onset or early stage Dementia may only have minor memory loss, confusion and forgetfulness. You may also notice slight changes in their personality, moods and general behavior.

Those with Alzheimer’s Disease have similar symptoms but to a greater degree. People with Alzheimer’s Disease can suffer with drastic mood swings and personality changes. They also are more forgetful than just confused. They forget the names of people, objects or that events even occurred.

SUNDOWNER’S SYNDROME

About 20% of seniors or elderly people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease have a condition called Sundowner’s Syndrome.

Symptoms of Sundowner’s Syndrome begin in late afternoons and early evenings, as the day ends. This condition causes extreme emotional and behavioral changes, as well as possible hallucinations, paranoia and anxiety.

Other possible signs of Sundowner’s Syndrome are:

  • mood swings
  • sadness
  • restlessness
  • manic behavior / increase in energy
  • increased confusion
  • delusions

Your loved on may display self-comforting behaviors such as rocking or pacing, or begin screaming and crying as night approaches. This condition can cause shifts in sleep patterns, aggression, violent behavior and severe disorientation.

Sundowner’s Syndrome can be difficult to witness and can last hours every evening.

IS IT DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMER’S?

As we age, some memory loss and confusion now and again is normal. We all have days where we lose the car keys or forget an appointment. What we need to know are the symptoms of something more serious than forgetfulness cause by everyday stress. If you suspect your loved one may be developing Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, it’s best to speak with an expert physician.

Neither illness occurs overnight and there’s a difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

The following are some signs of dementia as opposed to Alzheimer’s:

Dementia Alzheimer’s
  • Short term memory loss
  • Forgetting names of people or things
  • Confusion and difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Slight changes in personality and behavior
  • Severe changes in personality, hygiene, mood and behavior
  • Inability to think problems through, needs step-by-step instructions
  • Problems with abstract thinking, difficulty understanding time and place
  • Forgetting where something is or when an event took place
  • Forgetting the item exists or that the event ever happened

Some types of Dementia are treatable and can be caused by certain medical conditions such as:

  • Reactions to medications or nutritional deficiencies
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Infections, for instance a Urinary Tract Infection can cause confusion and altered behavior
  • Brain tumors
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Severe stress or painful emotions

WHY CHOOSE A-1 HOME CARE AGENCY FOR IN HOME DEMENTIA CARE

Since 1991, our agency has provided personalized home care services on an Hourly Care or 24-Hour Live-In Basis. We are approved by Long Term Care Insurance Companies, Veterans Administration, Medicare, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Multiservice Senior Programs (MSSPs) and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Our Credentials:

  • State Licensed, Bonded and Insured Non-Medical Home Care Organization (HCO)
  • Certified MediCare / MediCal Provider for Personal Care Services
  • Vendor for Medi-Cal Waiver Programs
  • Approved Vendor by Long-Term Care Insurance Companies
  • Contracted Provider for Long Term Care Insurance Guild
  • Approved Vendor for Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit Program
  • Provider for Health Saving Accounts (HSA) Health Plans
  • Respite Care Vendor by California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
  • Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center Provider
  • Regional Center of Orange County Provider
  • North Los Angeles Regional Center Provider
  • Service Provider for Senior Care Network / Huntington Hospital – MSSP
  • Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center – USC Davis – MSSP
  • Approved Vendor for Partners in Care Foundation – MSSP
  • Approved Agency for Family Caregiver Resource Center in OC / St. Jude’s Hospital – MSSP
  • Member of American Board of Home Care (ABHC)
  • National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
  • Home Care Association of America (HCAOA)
  • Member of American Care Management Association (ACMA)

Having a professional and experienced caregiver provides peace of mind for your entire family. All Care Providers are knowledgeable about Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Our Caregivers know how to be a soothing and helpful presence for your loved one, keeping them safe and happy in their own home.

HOME CARE SERVICES:

  • Dementia and Memory Care
  • Safety Supervision
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • All Activities of Daily Living:
  • Personal Hygiene Assistance
  • Incontinence Care / Toiletry Assistance
  • Medication Reminders
  • Mobility Assistance
  • Range of Motion
  • Errand Assistance
  • Companionship
  • Meal Preparation
  • Light Housecleaning and Laundry
  • Assistance Recovering from Injuries, Accidents or Falls
  • After Surgery / Post-Acute Care
  • After Stroke Care
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cancer Caregiver Support
  • Hospice Caregiver Assistance
  • Care for Dialysis Clients
  • Arthritis / Pain Management
  • Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Low Vision / Hearing Loss Assistance
  • Bi-Polar / Manic Depressive Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression

Our experienced Care Providers can also work on improving your loved one’s memory by playing “brain games”, fun activities that help with cognitive function.

Feel free to contact us for more information!

Los Angeles (562) 929-8400
Orange County (949) 650-3800
San Gabriel Valley (877) 929-8499