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Top Reasons to Care for a Senior with Alzheimer’s at Home

By Jeff Hill, 9:00 am on April 11, 2016

After your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you and your family are likely thinking about the next steps to begin providing care. One of these steps will involve making choices about the safest and most comfortable living situation for him or her. As the disease progresses, your loved one may experience quite a few benefits by continuing to live at home. 

Familiarity 

You can help your loved one prevent depression and anxiety when you allow him her to age in place. New surroundings and loud noises can be scary for seniors with Alzheimer’s, and being around unfamiliar objects and people can cause more stress, which can make the disease progress. Being placed in an assisted living facility may cause your loved one to be more disoriented, but the familiarity of home can make daily life less confusing and stressful. 

Independence 

Being independent can help your loved one maintain a better quality of life. Living at home gives your loved one the opportunity to participate in many of the same activities he or she is used to doing, which can help boost his or her memory. Though your loved one will likely need assistance from you or a Phoenix Alzheimer’s caregiver, aging in place can help him or her maintain some level of independence instead of fully relying on others to help with basic care. This can help slow the effects Alzheimer’s has on his or her memory, social skills, intellect, and more.

Memory Boosts 

When your loved one receives care at home, he or she will have access to photos, furniture, and other symbolic items that tell stories. This can be extremely beneficial in triggering his or her memory. If your loved one has a memory lapse, these items may help him or her remember who and where he or she is.

Social Continuity 

Seeing familiar faces on a regular basis is another benefit of aging in place. This makes it easier to stick to certain routines instead of constantly needing to change them. Having continuity can help your loved one’s Phoenix caregiver learn these routines and habits and the best ways to calm your loved one if he or she becomes distressed and irritated. Continuity can also help build the relationship between your loved one and his or her caregiver, enhance communication skills, and promote mental acuity.

In addition to Alzheimer’s, aging in place can also be beneficial for seniors with Parkinson’s, dementia, and many other health conditions. At Home Care Assistance, our in-home caregivers are expertly trained to ensure optimum safety and health for seniors who wish to remain in the comfort of home. For more information on at-home care Phoenix families trust, call one of our experienced Care Mangers at 602.388.1085 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.