Dementia Care Plan - What Goes Into It (at Emoha)
A dementia care plan is often a necessity, considering the effects of the disease on the normal life of an elder. It needs a personalized strategy with a caregiver who has a splendid emotional quotient. In case you are not clear, dementia is a health condition affecting a patient’s thinking and memory abilities. It makes it difficult for the elder to engage socially and leads to a lot of behavioral changes. For instance, you will find your elder being aggressive often - be it verbally or physically. They will also start losing their words, which makes it difficult for people to understand what they are saying. Plus, they find it tough to perform the day to day activities as they either forget to do them or the way to do them. Now you might not be able to understand the reasons why they are behaving this way. But behind the scenes, there is always a reason. An experienced and empathetic professional dementia care nurse can understand these changes. And thus take the appropriate action accordingly. That’s why a dementia care plan is necessary.
4 Crucial Elements of a Dementia Care Plan at Emoha
Now, once you know that you must use a dementia care plan from a team of experts on the disease, you ought to understand its fundamental elements. These ensure the work on memory, the behavioral changes and comfort the elder throughout the process. No matter which type of dementia - be it Alzheimer's or Lewy body type - this plan will work effectively. All thanks to the bright and skilled team of doctors and caregivers at Emoha. Read on to know the crucial elements in detail.
There are different types of dementia that bring a variety of symptoms and effects to suffer. For example, frontotemporal dementia affects the elder’s language a lot. Vascular dementia affects the ability to perform tasks and think properly. Apart from this, there’s Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, and mixed dementia, which bring different symptoms. Now, it's not possible to take care of all these by a ‘one-size-fits-all’ dementia care plan. Every individual experiences different mental impacts and changes from the disease and needs different kinds of support. That’s why we recommend using a personalized strategy. Don't worry, because Emoha helps to prepare that. We do this with the assistance of our dementia care experts. Plus, the multidisciplinary doctors help to understand how one problem in the brain can affect other aspects of health. Together they create a plan, which makes the treatment worthy and ensures that the elder's quality of life is not hampered. This plan may involve certain special activities that the dementia care nurse will have to start. It may also include a variety of medications, and changes in the physical environment for the support of the elder and also their family.
Friendly Human Connections
One essential component of a dementia care plan is human connections. Oftentimes, patients suffering from this disease struggle with their social interactions. Your elder may tell you they don't want to meet someone new even if you are celebrating and having a family together. Or your elder may struggle to form words to communicate. Thus, failing to make conversations. But without all this, the elder may start feeling lonely, which if not taken care of may lead to depression. So, how to avoid these awful circumstances? By making sure, the elder has only friendly human connections around. These people should understand what the elder is going through. Although, they must not treat the elder very differently. The elder with dementia wants to feel independent and healthy himself. All he needs is good people to share stories with. This is another reason why you must get a professional dementia care nurse to become a companion to the elder, in case no one from the family has the time. Being isolated and the increasing confusion as the disease becomes serious can create much more problems otherwise. Also, the relationships that the elder has, is one of the foundational aspects for keeping his memory alive.
There is a significant need for stimulating the healthy cells that the elder now has even after the disease. So, that they can work to heal him. But how do you stimulate these brain cells? By making the elder engage in regular fun activities. And if these are with the family, it’s even better. One of the things can be to intently listen to the stories that the elder has to share. As he delves into his past to bring those happy stories to you, he will be strengthening his part of the brain that deals with memory. You can also try learning a new language or solving puzzles with your elder. These activities will help to use his brain better. Since you as a caregiver or family member, will be part of these activities, it will also help in creating a great bond. Thus, taking care of both the problems of isolation and that of degrading memory and language.
Even when making the elder perform his daily activities of eating, bathing, etc. you will have to add a fun element, in case they forget to do their tasks. The reason is that they wish to be independent, so if you don’t add some fun to their tasks they might forget it and may become dependent on you. There are several tips and tricks that an expert caregiver knows about making the elder perform their daily activities. Thus, improving their health. Apart from this, the caregiver has to take care of medications, diet, exercise, movement, and other basic needs of the elder. Emoha can get you in touch with many of such specialized dementia caregivers. But a problem occurs when people hire such caregivers. They think that the person will be compassionate and empathetic to the elder’s condition from day 1. That does not happen. You must know that like any other relationship, that between the dementia caregiver and the elder takes time to form. This is something you must understand before hiring someone for this role.
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Dementia Care FAQs
One of the primary reasons for dementia is advancing in age. If the elder has illnesses like heart disease, down syndrome, or diabetes, then he is more at risk of getting this disease. If someone in the family has dementia, then also the risk increases. Stress and depression also impact an elder’s health a lot. If the elder has a long-time habit of alcohol or drug use, he/she should get rid of it immediately. Traumatic brain injuries can also affect the brain enough to cause dementia.
The caregiver should be a good listener. She should know how to stay stress-free because her stress can affect the elder’s health. She should be empathetic and have patience with the elder. The dementia caregiver must be obedient to follow the care plan and humble. Since the elder she has to take care of might not behave well due to the disease, she should also be assertive whenever required.
The cost of dementia care for elderly varies from patient to patient. It depends on the stage of dementia and its type. To know how much it costs for your elder, you can call us at our toll-free number 1800-123-445555, and we’ll help you know the charges.
Dementia care at home involves care at the elder’s home where he is most comfortable. Caring for dementia in care homes (nursing homes) makes the elder live away from the family. While there are several dementia care homes in India, we often recommend dementia home care because constant family support is crucial for the dementia patient. Also, care in the nursing home can be more troublesome for the family, considering travel and extra expenditure.
You can find dementia care for elderly at Emoha if your elder lives anywhere around Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Greater Noida, or Noida. In case you live anywhere else, we would love to offer our virtual support and coordination. Call 1800-123-44555 (toll-free) for more details