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Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care: A Primer

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When your loved one receives a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it can be an emotional time. Some people feel profoundly sad, angry, or in shock. Many families are relieved to finally have an answer so they can take the reins, develop a specific action plan, and begin receiving the appropriate treatment and support. Here’s a brief guide to dementia and Alzheimer’s care to give you more insight about what to expect.

Why Should Your Loved One Stay at Home?

Knowing that it’s possible to improve quality of life for people with a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis, many families decide to do everything within their power to help their loved one stay at home. While this option can help keep your family member happier and allow them to stay in familiar surroundings for as long as possible, you should be aware that this path requires careful planning.

If you plan to assume the primary responsibility of looking after your loved one’s needs, you can quickly burn out without a plan to take care of yourself, too. As the disease progresses, unpredictable mood swings, angry outbursts, and behavioral or psychiatric problems can take a toll on caregivers. While it’s understandable to want to support your loved one throughout all stages of their illness, there may come a point when you hardly recognize them anymore.

Looking after a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s is a significant responsibility and can be especially challenging if you have no medical training. You may become stressed, fatigued, and even depressed, and with nobody to relieve you of your duties, these burdens can start feeling especially heavy.

Memory Care Services From the Comfort of Home

Caring for a loved one experiencing memory loss can start to feel overwhelming, but you aren’t alone. At Legacy Homecare LA, our Care Companions offer experienced, compassionate support designed to give your loved one more independence, improving your peace of mind.

We provide various in-home services, all personalized for your family’s needs. Our skilled caregivers are always available to navigate the challenges that come with memory and cognitive function loss, adapting seamlessly as your needs change. We pledge to treat your loved one with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Your loved one’s Care Companion can help with daily tasks and activities such as:

  • Bathing, hygiene, and dressing
  • Meal preparation
  • Companionship
  • Mobility support
  • Medication reminders
  • Household duties

Connect With Our Team Today

We know your family has many decisions to make regarding your loved one’s dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis. That’s why we make it easy to find customized in-home care that changes with your needs. To get started or learn more about how we can help, fill out our convenient online form to schedule your Care Assessment today. Our team serves communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including Bel Air, Studio City, Encino, Malibu, Calabasas, and Santa Monica.