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How In-Home Care Supports People with Alzheimer’s

How In-Home Care Supports People with Alzheimer’s

May 11, 2022

Among Americans 65 and up, an estimated 6.5 million – or about 1 in 9 – are living with Alzheimer’s, with the number expected to grow to 12.7 million by the year 2050.

Of those currently living with the diagnosis, about two-thirds are women, a difference partially linked to their tendency to live longer than men.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, giving families and referrers an important opportunity to get to know the signs of dementia and have critical conversations about care plans. Research shows early diagnosis and intervention leads to physical, emotional and social benefits for patients and their loved ones and can improve outcomes.

It starts with talking to your doctor when you notice changes, such as disruptions to daily life due to memory loss; confusion with time, place or spatial reasoning; difficulty completing tasks or solving problems; and differences in mood, personality or engagement in activities.

Following diagnosis, it’s important to identify personal goals for treatment as well as expectations for continued independent living and quality of life together with your family and care team.

At Charter, we offer an array of post-acute services that can be conveniently delivered right in the home to maximize comfort, safety and support for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Private Duty Home Care addresses your daily needs with high quality, in-home support and assistance. A private duty caregiver visits your home to help with day-to-day living activities such as personal grooming, meal preparation and housekeeping while also providing companionship.

Skilled Home Health teams provide a wide range of health care services in the comfort of your own home, helping you to maintain your independence without sacrificing quality. From medication management and delivery of physical, occupational or speech therapies to in-home safety assessments, skilled home health can be personalized to meet the needs of the individual.

Palliative Care offers relief from the symptoms and stress of chronic illness and serious diseases. Recent data from a clinical trial funded by the National Institute on Aging reinforces the benefits of in-home palliative care, both for patients and caregivers impacted by the burden of symptoms like agitation, pain, anxiety and resistance to care.

Hospice is quality, compassionate care that focuses on quality of life for people with a life-limiting illness. A team of health professionals provides expert medical care, pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support and more to support patients and their caregivers. People with advanced Alzheimer’s and other dementias often benefit from receiving hospice care at home (learn How to Take Care of Yourself While Looking After Your Loved Ones in Hospice), with minimal disruption to routines and familiar surroundings.

Wherever you or a loved one may be on your Alzheimer’s or dementia care journey, Charter can help you navigate your care plan and prioritize your health. We’re committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our patients.

Click here to learn more about our in-home services and the Charter difference.