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Dementia or Alzheimer’s Care?
June 26th, 2014

What’s the Difference?

Dementia is a group of symptoms that can be caused by a variety of conditions, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease.

While about 8% of Canadians have some form of dementia, the prevalence increases with age. Dementia occurs in approximately 2% of individuals between the ages of 65 to 74 but increases to 34% over the age of 85.

What are the Symptoms?

Early symptoms of dementia can be mild and easily overlooked. It often begins with simple episodes of forgetfulness, with trouble keeping track of time and with tending to lose one’s way in familiar settings.

As dementia progresses, forgetfulness and confusion grow.  It becomes harder to recall names or faces. Signs of dementia include repetitious questioning, inadequate hygiene, and poor decision-making.

As the disease progresses, dementia patients become unable to care for themselves. Time, place, and people become more confusing. Behavior continues to change and can turn into depression and aggression.

When is In Home Care Needed?

When a loved one has dementia, personal support workers who understand the process and can provide supportive services can be a great asset.  Our PSW’s are trained and supervised by registered nurses.  Care is tailored to your needs, which change as the disease progresses. Proper care can mean quality of life at home for as long as possible.

The often overlooked individual is the “healthy” spouse.  When he or she takes on the role of caregiver, help is invariably needed.  A common cost of dementia is the health of the caregiver.

End of Life / Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach to care for people who are living with a life-threatening illness, no matter how old they are. The focus of care is on achieving comfort and ensuring respect for the person nearing death and maximizing quality of life for the patient, family and loved ones.

Palliative care addresses different aspects of end-of-life care by:

  • Managing pain and other symptoms
  • Providing social, psychological, cultural, emotional, spiritual and practical support
  • Supporting registered practical nurses
  • Providing support for bereavement

Integracare can work with your family and Palliative care physicians with one main objective:  ensure that end of life is about life, until the end.

Private, hospital care

Toronto’s hospitals are faced with what must seem like unlimited problems while being faced with severe budget constraints; constraints that often lead to staff shortages.

Advocacy

In today’s health care environment, anyone ill or unable to speak up for himself or herself must have an advocate to ensure that the most is made of whatever resources are available.

Frail, elderly and seriously ill people cannot be expected to…

Invariably this task falls on the shoulders of families. But what happens when family members are themselves frail, overburdened or unavailable?

Integracare has long seen it as one of its roles to be there to speak on your behalf and to support family members working in this extremely stressful environment.


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