According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia disease and of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million of these are aged 65 and older.
At FirstLight Home Care, we have developed dementia care plans to help people who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s cope with the anxiety, depression, confusion and isolation that is often associated with the disease. Our unique programs for dementia care services at home help not only the dementia sufferer, but the family as a whole.
To assist Alzheimer’s disease sufferers and their families, FirstLight Home Care has developed a unique Dementia Program to build dementia care services around the individual, not the disease. This process allows our caregivers to incorporate who the disease sufferers were, not who they are today. This unique personalized and engaging dementia home care approach has the goal of making sure that those who are affected by the disease live the rest of their lives with purpose.
Many people with dementia want care at home, to keep at least their surroundings familiar in a world suddenly filled with uncertainties. To assist with this, the caregivers and coordinators at FirstLight Home Care provide a “Who I Am” booklet that contains much more than a basic history. We want to understand the intangible things that make your mom or dad who they are. We ask questions like:
- What makes you happy?
- What makes you laugh?
- What makes you feel accomplished?
- What distresses or frustrates you?
Our long-term dementia caregivers and coordinators use this information to build specific and individualized dementia care plans for daily care. To help you throughout the process, we make you a part of our rigorous caregiver selection process and one-on-one consultations. In addition, to ensure that our dementia care services are always evolving to provide the best possible family experiences, we continually evaluate its effectiveness with client satisfaction surveys, client and caregiver focus groups, and advisory councils.
As caregivers, we understand the difficulties that present themselves for not only those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, but for family members who are dealing with the repercussions of this terrible disease. If you have a family member that is dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the caregivers and coordinators at FirstLight Home Care will work with your family and loved ones to create personalized care that can offer peace of mind and comfort for everyone.