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Home HealthCare Protects Those Who Develop Dementia

Senior with dementia
According to Alzheimer's Disease International, a new person develops dementia every three seconds. Currently, about 50 million people are living with this problem. As a result, someone you love could develop this condition very soon and require a lot of specialized care.

Those who have a loved one with dementia need to decide if they want to place their loved one in a specialized care center or keep them at home. Thankfully, home health care professionals can help individuals affected by dementia live as independently as possible. Read on to learn how dementia can affect your loved one and how home health care can help.

Dementia Affects Everyone Involved

Individuals affected by dementia will slowly lose their ability to care for themselves. As a result, their loved ones need to step up to ensure that they don't end up injuring themselves or others due to their disease. Unfortunately, someone with dementia may start rapidly changing, including becoming emotionally unstable or even physically violent when agitated.

As a result, the loved ones of the affected individual typically experience high levels of anxiety and even depression. Unfortunately, the risk of these types of injuries and mental health problems only increases as this condition progresses and gets worse.

Dementia Progresses Through Several Stages

Health professionals, such as Dementia Care Central, break down dementia progress into early, middle, and late stage dementia. Dementia behavior will vary widely depending on these stages. Individuals with a loved one affected by dementia should understand these stages to gauge the dementia health care needs.

Early stages typically involve mild memory issues such as forgetting a phone number. Middle and late-stage dementia cause more difficulties, such as a person developing mood swings and severe anger. Care during these latter two stages must be done by professionals, often in a hospital setting that can provide 24-hour care. 

That said, dementia care always doesn't have to be done in a hospital or nursing home setting. Some individuals affected by dementia may react poorly in new surroundings and may need the stability of a familiar environment - such as their home - to stay safe. Thankfully, home care professionals can help someone with dementia remain at home as long as possible.

Home Care Helps in Every Dementia Stage

Individuals with dementia almost invariably need some outside help to live a happy life. Home health care aides can help these affected individuals by coming to their home and assisting them in whatever way they need. For example, home aides can help individuals with dementia pay their bills on time, change clothes every day, and take care of themselves in general.

Just as important, home health care professionals can provide care that helps to keep a person with dementia as independent as possible. For example, home health aides can help a person make their meals, wash their dishes, and do their laundry. Active individuals with dementia may stave off some of the symptoms of this disease and decrease its spread throughout their life.

In this way, the individual affected by dementia can feel more active and engaged in their life. And engagement may help manage some of the symptoms of depression and anxiety that are common in those with dementia. Even better, the affected individual's loved ones can feel confident that the person with dementia is receiving high-quality care.

Health Care Is Available for Dementia

Diagnosing and treating the symptoms of dementia requires a lot of careful health care and constant attention. So if you know someone who is suffering from dementia who needs some help, please don't hesitate to contact Angelic Health Care Inc. right away. We can help your loved one stay in their home and maintain as much independence as possible during this challenging time.