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Dementia Treatment Training Provides Unique Solutions for Seniors

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 9:06:13 PM
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When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other memory related condition, there are special considerations that need to be made. Unfortunately, while there is no cure for the condition, professionals familiar with dementia treatment options are able to assist with creating a more independent life.  This is most often done by providing support in the areas which are most often challenge patients with reduced cognitive function. In the early stages senior assistance services or family can usually help enough to allow for the senior to remain independent in their lifestyle. However, as memory reduces dementia treatment sometimes becomes necessary.

The Importance of Skilled Memory Care Assistance

It is important to understand the areas that are specifically focused when acting as a caregiver for anyone with deteriorating cognitive capabilities. Home health aides with dementia care training skills will have received advanced training to help individuals in ways that goes beyond what a typical senior citizen may need, including:

  • Unique techniques for assisting individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Managing, mitigating and reducing the effects of confusion or disorientation
  • Restraint-free support for wandering elders
  • Nutrition and lifestyle assistance to support healthy sleep habits

Improve Communication and Create a Support System

Communication skills are often one of the most important tools that can be gained because as seniors lose their own ability to understand verbal information. For this reason, a familial and social support system that understands the goals of the dementia treatment support specialist is vital for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or related memory diseases.

Good communication between care professionals and actively involved family or friends ensures that everyone has an understanding of the unique needs for an elder with reduced memory or cognitive function.

Specific communication goals for the entire dementia support system should focus on:

  • Communication with the elderly with memory loss
  • Reducing barriers in comprehension
  • The fundamentals of non-verbal communication
  • Specific issues related to the later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia

Of course, professionals that are qualified to provide dementia treatment support will have certification. This type of training can be found through a number of sources and is also available to the public for people who may be non-professional caregivers such as immediate family. The Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) currently offers their own curriculum course for dementia care training. Additionally, they also have a list of approved training curricula that can be gained from other companies or organizations.

References:

https://www.alz.org/professionals_and_researchers_11176.asp

ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS provides memory care services to the following cities and neighborhoods:

Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

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