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Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Cognitive Change

No matter the cause, conditions that result in a change of mood, memory or the thinking process are especially tough. When these are associated with aging, we often call them “Alzheimer’s,” but in reality, Alzheimer’s is just one of many different disorders of the brain.

Caring for a family member or friend with cognitive difficulties is demanding. If you’re doing it by yourself, it’s even tougher. At times, it can feel like you’re battling both the disease and the person. They need a sense of normalcy, but they don’t always act like they want it. Even when you’re doing everything right, it can feel like you’re doing everything wrong. It drains you emotionally and physically.

We believe that it doesn’t have to. Our approach is about helping you reclaim precious moments with your loved one, so instead of worrying about their bad days, you can celebrate their good days. Most of all, we want to be there for both of you so you don't have to do it alone.

Right at Home offers a customized care plan with a combination of personal care, companionship and homemaking, and just as importantly, we can provide respite care for you and your other loved ones.

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Right at Home Dementia and Cognitive Support Program

What if every person with dementia, no matter how serious their disease, still had the ability to be present and aware of their surroundings? That’s the question that inspired our approach. To us, it’s not unrealistic. Instead, we’ve made it a fundamental goal of our care program. This method is customized to the needs of every dementia patient, and delivered by certified providers. It consists of reinforcing the three key grounding principles:
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Ability
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Personhood
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Lifestyle
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Feeling Lost?

Let Us Help You Care for Those With Dementia

It can be especially hard to help someone with dementia like Alzheimer’s when the condition is so difficult to understand. In this guide, we’ll give you the basics of what causes dementia, along with some strategies for care.
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Right at Home’s Dementia Guide Video Series

In this collection, gerontologist Diane Darby Beach, Ph.D., will take you through some of the most important details of how cognitive change can progress, so you can be more prepared for whatever the future brings.
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Four Ways We Can Help

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1. Building Normalcy
Reducing stress for someone with Alzheimer’s means being consistent. We can help you and your friend or family member create and stick to a routine, and we can do it in a way that meets their particular needs.
This includes:

  • Making sure the home feels familiar to them
  • Giving them the freedom to move about unrestricted in the home
  • Minimizing stresses that can aggravate the symptoms of cognitive change
  • Keeping them oriented with daily reminders of time, place and person
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2. A Helping Hand
Along with a specialized cognitive care plan, Right at Home caregivers also provide general companionship to your loved one, including helping with daily tasks and protecting them from isolation or loneliness.
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3. Keeping Them on Track
People with dementia may have specific, strict medication regimens. In some cases, this could require the services of a skilled nurse. Fortunately, in some states, many of our caregivers are also trained nurses, so you can rest assured the person’s needs will be met.
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4. Giving You a Break
Since you carry a heavy burden as a caregiver of a person with dementia, it’s important to have a break. We can help with that, too, giving you much-needed rest and time off so you can focus on your own needs.
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Tips for Healthy Aging

There’s no guide book for aging. After all, it’s something you only get to experience once. At Right at Home, we’ve cared for millions of seniors and have learned a few things along the way. So, we’ve compiled our knowledge into this resource section to help you and your loved ones navigate your journey.

Featured Guide

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A female caregiver walking and talking with an elderly male patient.

Fall Prevention Guide

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Senior in hospital bed yawning

Addressing Later-Life Sleep Problems

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caregiver serving senior a meal

Top Questions About Geriatric Mental Health Answered

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Hear What Others Are Saying

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"We wanted to let you know that Nico is amazing, and we are so grateful for him and his skills. Calling your organization was the best decision we made and I think the only thing keeping my mom sane. What you do is so incredibly invaluable. Thank you. "
A. B., Patient’s Family Member, Collingwood

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"I want to thank you for your help and the services you provided for Norm. He repeatedly told our friend on Friday evening that "this nice young lady came to visit him, and we went for a walk and had a really nice visit." He really liked Amy and they chatted along like old souls."
Brenda, Patient’s Family Member, Collingwood

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"Helen just left and I have to tell you how delighted I was with how caring and careful a nurse she is. She was tactful, patient and kind. Thank you so much for your efficiency, clear communication and for sending us the perfect person for the job."
Kate, Patient’s Family Member, Collingwood

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