The first step in dealing with Alzheimer’s or Dementia in your family may be learning about your options for Dementia Care. Many are unaware that reliable care is available from educated home healthcare professionals to enable Dementia sufferers in Toronto and Mississauga to continue to live in the familiar environment of home.
Dementia Care can be a sensitive and difficult topic to discuss with your family. Having that discussion isn’t easy but finding out what you and your family can do now will help for years to come.
When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you need to think carefully about your future care options. Alzheimer’s can progress over years, and it’s best to have a discussion about care that takes future needs into consideration. It’s important to plan for all possibilities. Planning for care well in advance will help your family cope in a difficult emotional time.
Integracare offers flexible senior home care in Toronto and Mississauga that can grow and adapt as Dementia progresses. We connect Clients with Caregivers who are specialized in Dementia Care, highly-qualified, well-trained and supervised on a 24/7 basis by Registered Nursing and Dementia Care Specialists. Integracare is the only provider of home health care in Toronto and Mississauga committed to educating 100% of our Caregivers in all four facets of Dementia care. It’s our philosophy to make top quality Dementia Care available, for our Clients in their homes 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Caregivers objective is to provide the highest quality care with compassion and engaging companionship.
Home health care in Mississauga makes aging in place possible
You’ve probably heard of the term “aging in place” before. Aging in place is overwhelmingly the preference of Seniors in North America. Staying in your own home can mean independence, comfort, familiarity, safety and staying connected with your neighbourhood and community.
Dementia can pose a challenge to Seniors who want to stay in their home, but with Integracare’s home health care services in Toronto and Mississauga, families can make aging in place work when Dementia Care is required.
How does Dementia care differ from regular home care services?
Dementia Care must also evolve with the progression of the disease. As Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses progress, therapy must adapt, and the level of care required also intensifies. As the Client loses cognitive and motor skills, the Caregiver will have to provide increasing levels of attention.
At the early stage of Alzheimer’s, one can generally still lead a very independent life. While one may forget words or need some reminders, one can usually still dress, clean, cook, attend social events, and even drive. One tends to need assistance with things like medication management, financial management, and developing coping strategies to deal with the future.
As the disease progresses to the middle stage, families often start to seek out home health care. This is when one may begin to forget faces or lose one’s sense of direction in a familiar area. Depression, aggression, and erratic moods may become a factor. This is also the stage when coordination and mobility suffer, requiring greater attention from Caregivers. A consistent relationship with a Caregiver at home can help provide comfort and familiarity, as well as delay the onset of the late stage.
Late stage Alzheimer’s requires intensive care and the most assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Continuing home health care in Toronto is possible through Integracare, although our Personal Support Workers can also go to a medical facility to assist with care.
By providing home health care services in Toronto and Mississauga, Integracare offers a flexible form of care that can grow and evolve throughout the stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We firmly believe in promoting independence, while providing the care and assistance required by Clients with Dementia.
Dementia Care in Toronto and the Activities of Daily Living
Integracare Caregivers provide several services, including assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Seniors with dementia may struggle to perform essential self-care tasks due to loss of cognitive function and motor skills. This can put a strain on families and many rely on nursing care in Toronto and Mississauga to help them provide comprehensive care for their loved one.
If you’re not sure if a Caregiver is right for your family, learn more about the Activities of Daily Living and how a Caregiver can help. These are the activities that are meant by ADLs:
- Personal Hygiene: bathing and showering, dental care, nail care, and other essential grooming tasks that can be difficult with reduced coordination and mobility.
- Eating: the ability to feed oneself. Food preparation is often one of the first tasks taken over by a Caregiver, as cooking can be dangerous for someone with reduced coordination and memory loss. Eating as an ADL includes the ability to ingest food independently, something which may require assistance much later.
- Transferring and Mobility: transferring refers to moving from one place to another, i.e., standing up from a chair, walking independently, getting into bed, or getting into the bathtub independently. This can be very difficult for a family member alone to handle, as it requires training and strength.
- Dressing: both the cognitive ability to make appropriate decisions about clothing and the coordination and mobility required to physically dress or undress oneself.
- Continence: the physical and mental capacity to use the bathroom can be lost in dementia, while limited mobility and the inability to get on and off the toilet can exacerbate the issue.
Assistance with ADLs requires a Caregiver who is compassionate and caring. They must be sensitive to Clients experiencing dementia and eager to help. That’s why Integracare goes to such lengths to ensure all our Caregivers are appropriately educated to provide Dementia Care.
Other services included as part of home health care in Toronto and Mississauga
There’s more to Dementia Care than assistance with ADLs. Integracare home health care in Toronto and home health care in Mississauga includes Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy, Wound Care, and Advocacy.
The role of Massage Therapy in Dementia Care is to provide an effective alternative (or supplement) to medication that eases many of the behavioral symptoms that are a part of dementia.
Massage Therapy can also reduce a sense of loneliness and isolation. Massage Therapy provides a human touch that is often lacking in the lives of Seniors with dementia. Touch is an important way to ease anxiety and build trust between Clients and Caregivers. Alleviating anxiety can also decrease physical agitation, which can manifest as pacing, wandering, or being resistant to care. For Clients with mobility issues, Massage Therapy can also increase blood flow that otherwise suffers from a sedentary lifestyle, helping prevent injuries such as sores.
Physiotherapy at home can help improve recovery time after a surgery or an injury. Injuries can have long-lasting consequences without Physiotherapy to improve recovery and the rehabilitation process. Providing Physiotherapy at home can make it much easier for Clients, especially those with dementia. Where mobility is a concern, transportation and getting to appointments can be a challenge for families. Family caregivers often struggle with transferring and transportation.
Physiotherapy at home is cost-effective and time-effective. It allows Clients to receive treatment comfortably and with dignity in the familiar environment of their own home. Integracare Physiotherapists offer an essential treatment as part of home care services in Toronto and Mississauga to all Clients, including those suffering from Dementia.
Alongside Physiotherapy, some Clients may need Wound Care as part of home nursing in Toronto. Caregivers with specialized training in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care can provide Wound Care for assessing, treating, and caring for wounds.
A Registered Nurse will create a care plan after assessing the wound and the area around it. That includes using the right dressing or treatment, changing dressings as required, and removing clips and sutures post-surgery.
As part of nursing care in Toronto and Mississauga, our Caregivers act as healthcare advocates for you or your loved one’s dignity and comfort with medical professionals. Integracare Caregivers can visit either our Clients’ homes or visit them in the hospital or a care facility where they fill in gaps in care and advocate for our Clients’ best interests. Our Caregivers work closely with families to provide better quality care.
Caregivers provide Dementia expertise as part of home nursing care in Toronto and Mississauga
Home health care in Toronto and home health care in Mississauga from Integracare is provided by Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs), Personal Support Workers (PSWs), Registered Physiotherapists and Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs). As the only home health care company that provides education in all four facets of Dementia Care for 100% of its Caregivers, we are confident that we can provide the highest quality of care for Clients suffering from Dementia.
Dementia Care requires a special understanding of the Client’s needs and comfort. Trust specially educated Caregivers who understand Dementia and have their Client’s best interests in mind
If you or a loved has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, give us a call and we can help you and your family come up with a Dementia Care plan. Integracare is committed to helping our Clients live joyfully and with the dignity and comfort of aging in place. Better care happens at home.