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When caring for an aging parent or loved one, one of the best ways to ensure their needs are met is to recognize, identify and understand any health challenges they may be facing. This is no different when it comes to caring for a senior with dementia. Becoming more familiar with the disease and its process, as well as what to expect during each stage can help you provide appropriate care to your parent, grandparent or loved one.
Even after a diagnosis of dementia, your loved one may still be aware of memory slips. As a result, they may shy away from expressing how they feel and try to tackle daily activities that may now be dangerous to perform. To ensure their safety, it’s important to recognize some of the subtle symptoms of dementia such as changes in behavior, mood swings and forgetfulness. You can then assist by:
Symptoms in this stage become more obvious. Your loved one may ask the same questions repeatedly, have difficulty completing familiar tasks, become disorientated with time and place, misplaces things, or suddenly become fearful. To ensure their safety and comfort, you should:
During the later or final stages of dementia, an individual will likely find it extremely difficult to perform activities of daily living and may even lose the ability to effectively communicate with others. Your loved one may need help with personal care such as bathing and dressing and will likely require daily supervision. You can help by:
To learn more about supporting a senior loved one through the stages of dementia, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Greenwich today. We proudly provide seniors and their families with the support and assistance they need during difficult times, and have a team of professional and compassionate caregivers who are trained specifically in Greenwich dementia care. Find out more about our care services or schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation by calling a Care Manager at 203-842-8863.