Providing exceptional home care in Portage, MI and the surrounding areas. Family owned since 2006.

Alzheimer’s Care at Home

For most of us, home is where we feel most comfortable, safe and content. But sometimes an injury, illness or life-altering circumstance makes it hard to stay at home without help. Perhaps your mom or dad is having trouble remembering to take medications or to eat. Your brave son or daughter is disabled by a devastating military injury. Your grandmother has Alzheimer’s and your grandfather is exhausted and anxious caring for her 24/7.

Our home care help is customized to your needs. We offer a “fresh perspective” on what in-home care should be. Our caregivers provide a wide variety of services including activities and support that are tailored to your unique situations. We can help you build a care plan that enhances your or your loved one’s quality of life with home care services.

Dementia or Alzheimer’s Home Care

Has your loved one recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, and now you’re wondering if or how long they can live at home? Perhaps your loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease is progressing to the point where you can no longer care for them by yourself anymore.

Either way, Alzheimer’s home care can help your loved one age in place and bring you peace of mind that they will be kept safe without the trauma of moving them to an assisted living facility or nursing home.

  • How long can somebody with dementia live at home? 
  • How do you care for Alzheimer’s patients at home? 
  • How can you tell if your loved one needs dementia home care? 
  • How can you find the best dementia home care near you?

Nearly six million individuals in the United States and Canada, have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This number is expected to reach nearly 20 million in the next fifty years. These are not just statistics; they represent millions of families with loved ones who require special care.

Fresh Perspective Home Care’s dementia care program utilizes the latest in Alzheimer’s education and dementia care techniques, so you can be assured your loved one is with a trusted professional. We provide assistance with enhancing and restoring the simple pleasures of life: such as a walk, a ride in the car, or spending time in the flower garden. These activities are proven to maximize and remain some of the best treatments for this disease.

Remember, the best place for a person with memory loss is in familiar surroundings. With our help, your loved one can maintain their regular household routines, thereby enhancing their quality of life. Our approach of encouragement and assistance helps family members cope with the challenges that dementia can bring.

We provide compassionate daily living assistance for loved ones with:

  • Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cancer
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Hospice
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Stroke
  • Seniors with Age-Related Challenges

“Here I found growth, purpose, and a career to match my personal ambition of making a difference in the lives of others.”  – Shelly

Providing the best Alzheimer’s Care at Home for seniors and families in Kalamazoo, Portage, Mattawan, Richland, Vicksburg, Schoolcraft, Three Rivers, Gull Lake, Yorkville, Otsego, and surrounding areas.

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Can a Person With Alzheimer's or Dementia Live at Home?

Caring for a parent with dementia at home can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible, especially when you bring in Alzheimer’s care at home. Caring for a loved one with dementia at home involves keeping them safe and ensuring their needs are met. If you can do that, they may not need to go to a facility.

It’s never too early to bring in dementia home care for your parent or other loved one.

How Long Can a Person With Dementia Live at Home?

With the right type of assistance, people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia may be able to live at home for the rest of their lives. They may need up to 24-hour care to prevent wandering or other potentially dangerous behaviors, but they don’t necessarily need to be locked up in a facility as long as somebody is around to keep an eye on them, make sure they are eating enough, handle light housekeeping and other tasks, and make sure their needs are met.

When your aging loved one needs home care in the Portage, MI area, Fresh Perspective Home Care has you covered.

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What Types of Services Are Included With Dementia Home Care?

Services you will typically receive with Alzheimer’s and dementia home care may include:

  • Wandering prevention
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Managing moments of anger, anxiety, or confusion
  • Grocery shopping and prescription pickups
  • Laundry and light housekeeping
  • Transfer and mobility assistance
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Help with bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting
  • Monitoring and companionship

Although we’ve listed it last, companionship is hardly the least important dementia home care service. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says:

“Social isolation significantly increased a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, a risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.”

How Can I Find the Best Alzheimer’s Home Care Near Me?

Although finding the right Alzheimer’s home care agency may seem like a daunting task, it’s not one you want to rush through. After all, nobody benefits if you choose the wrong company. Here are some questions you should ask each agency to help you find the one that will best meet the needs of your loved one:

  • Do you screen caregivers for contagious diseases?
  • Are your caregivers insured and bonded?
  • Do you do thorough background checks before hiring a caregiver? Do you also check their driving record?
  • What is the turnover rate of your caregivers?
  • Do you handle all the payroll paperwork?
  • What are the education requirements of your caregivers?
  • Do you provide continuing education for your caregivers?
  • Will we have the same caregiver for each visit?
  • Can we interview potential caregivers? Do we have a say in who is assigned to us?
  • What happens if our caregiver can’t make it? Do you provide a substitute caregiver? Does that cost extra?
  • How do you handle expenses and billing?
  • What happens if I have a complaint about a caregiver? How does the agency handle conflict?
  • How do you supervise caregivers?
  • Can I have some references for the caregiver we’re assigned as well as for your agency?

With the right type of assistance, people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia may be able to live at home for the rest of their lives.

How Do You Care for an Dementia Patient at Home?

Caring for dementia patients at home involves making sure their physical and emotional needs are met while keeping them safe from things like wandering, leaving the stove on, or forgetting to take important medications. Alzheimer’s home care often involves things like companionship, medication reminders, bathing, toileting, meal planning and preparation, transportation to appointments, and more.

How Can I Tell if My Parent Needs Dementia Care at Home?

“You may feel that asking for help shows weakness or a lack of caring, but the opposite is true. Asking for help shows your strength. It means you know your limits and when to seek support.”

The short answer is that it’s never too early to bring in Alzheimer’s home care for your parent or other loved one. If you need a more concrete answer, look for these signs it’s time for memory care:

  • Disorientation or confusion that puts their safety at risk, such as wandering on foot or driving after they’ve lost their license
  • Behavior changes, such as failing to keep up with personal hygiene, declining social invitations, or becoming withdrawn
  • Incontinence, which can be overwhelming for family members to handle on their own
  • Decline in physical health such as unexplained weight gain or loss, falls, or health issues caused by taking too much or too little of their prescription medications
  • A caregiver’s death or deterioration may require bringing in outside help

Our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services Pledge

We demonstrate the commitment to our Values through our pledge to:

  • Treat all of our Clients and Team Members with kindness, dignity and respect
  • Communicate openly and honestly, listen carefully and respond thoughtfully
  • Keep our promises to our Clients and fellow Team Members
  • Foster a spirit of collaboration and teamwork that values honesty and diversity
  • Create a work environment that is friendly, fun, caring and sensitive to work/family balance
  • Encourage continued professional growth through training and career advancement
  • Design and deliver in-home care that promotes client independence and wellness
  • Align ourselves with service organizations and professionals who share our Values
  • Share who we are and what we do so we may continue to be a trusted provider to our Clients and a respected employer in our community and to our Team Members.

Let’s chat about your senior care challenges. Our FREE in-home assessments will help you pick the right care options.

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