Moving someone out of their home can cause stress, anxiety, depression and disrupt their whole life. Transitioning individuals out of their home can also cause profound loneliness. Many family members instinctively understand this. They rightfully fear disorienting their loved one by moving them to a different location. Keeping memories and routines in place can offset the symptoms and may even slow the progression of AD. Studies show that life expectancy nay be shortened by 5 years when a person goes into a facility.
If someone else lives in the home, it may seem convenient to provide Alzheimer’s care. This can become burdensome for that caregiver over time. Family caregivers may thus find it stressful and frustrating to try to provide enough support to keep the patient, who is no longer the person they used to know, entertained and engaged in interesting activities.
It is not surprising that nearly 1/3 of caregivers have depression and often "burn out ". According to the 2010 Shriver Report:
- Nearly 10 million American women either have Alzheimer's or are caring for someone with the disease; 60 percent of Alzheimer and dementia caregivers are women.
- One-third of female caregivers are part of the "sandwich generation," with children or grandchildren under the age of 18 living in their homes.
- Among that generation, women were much more likely than men to say Alzheimer caregiving demands are more challenging than raising children.
- Almost 80 percent of caregivers report having less time for friends or other family members because of caregiving responsibilities
To relieve this stress many families choose to hire providers in the community such as ADHC to come into the home and provide Alzheimer's/dementia care while they are absent, at work or unable to cope. In our experience outside help is the optimal choice if indicated and affordable.
"Those who forget should not be forgotten"
Why In-Home Care? In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living
When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or dementia, the choices facing family members are often overwhelming. We believe the first and foremost choice is to provide care in the comfort of their home, as familiarity of surroundings is often of utmost importance.
Presenting a New Paradigm for In-Home
Care of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
in Palm Beach & Broward County, Florida
As part of our services, ADHC conducts a free in-home assessment to determine the feasibility of in-home care and the level of functionality. While there are different stages of dysfuntion, it is best to try to provide in- home care at the earliest stages of this dementia whenever possible. After assessment, our in-home care program is then cutomized according to the cleint's needs.
We believe that we are uniquely qualified to deliver specialized in home AD care. We are especially proud of our hands-on, experienced and independently certified Alzheimer's caregivers. and our holistic and interactive approach to caregiving, designed to proactively stimulate both mind and body and encourage the person with AD to utilize their cognitive skills.
There may come a time when someone who is very frail, significantly disoriented or unable to consistently perform personal care and daily routines to move to an Alzheimer’s/dementia assisted living facility or care unit. Appropriate decisions can be made at that time.
As is evidenced in the following article published in the Miami Herald, care in these circumstances can be quite dangerous. Discretion must be used if the AD patient is to be displaced out of their home
The following information was published in May 2011
"Failure to Protect"
The Miami Herald spent a year examining thousands of state inspections, police reports, court cases, autopsy files, e-mails, death certificates and conducting dozens of interviews with operators and residents across the state.
Reporters found that as the ranks of assisted-living facilities grew to make room for Florida’s booming elderly population, the state failed to protect the people it was meant to serve.
The investigation found that the safeguards once hailed as the most progressive in the nation have been ignored in a string of tragedies never before revealed to the public.
The Herald found that the Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees the state’s 2,850 assisted-living facilities, has failed to monitor shoddy operators, investigate dangerous practices or shut down the worst offenders.
Time and again, the agency was alerted by police and its own inspectors to caretakers depriving residents of the most basic needs — food, water and protection — but didn’t take action."
If a facility does become necessary, ADHC can provide your loved one protection from abuse, intended or otherwise, within the facility. Our skilled caregivers will deliver the individualized care and attention (often lacking in many facilities) your loved one needs and deserves.