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Alzheimer's & Dementia Care in Portland, ME
Compassionate Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care Services in Portland
Home Instead serving Portland specializes in providing care services for seniors and individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Home Instead can provide a range of services that can support a family member with Alzheimer's and make caregiving less stressful and more manageable. We provide comprehensive memory care and support services you can trust.
Portland’s Premier Provider Of Home Dementia Care & Memory Support
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease result in critical memory loss and reduced cognitive function that go far beyond normal aging. Symptoms of these conditions can be mild or serious based on how far along the patient is in their disease. Providing seniors or loved ones who have dementia or a related illness with high-quality care is more important as their condition progresses.
Home Instead can help families in Portland receive the support and care needed.
Signs Of Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, & Related Conditions
Memory loss is just one symptom of dementias and Alzheimer’s disease. There are many other changes that come with these conditions, including difficulty concentrating, getting confused about simple things, and not being able to find the right word in a conversation. Often, seniors maintain emotional awareness of what’s happening to them but have limitations in articulating why they have feelings of frustration, sadness, or boredom.
Some of the symptoms related to cognitive decline in an elderly loved one can include:
- New problems with reading and writing
- Getting confused about what time it is or where they’re at
- Sudden inability to complete tasks they never had a problem with before
- Difficulty having a back-and-forth conversation
- Sudden withdrawal from activities or people they once loved
- Experiencing hallucinations
- Acting out dreams while they are asleep
- More difficulty finding things like their keys, phone, or wallet
- Sudden bursts of anger for seemingly no reason
- Getting lost frequently while driving
- Making poor decisions that are out of character
- Loss of language or speech; abnormal speech patterns
Elder Care Services You Can Trust in Portland
When you or your loved one is suffering from the effects of cognitive decline, it’s important to know when to ask for help. Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia is difficult even for trained providers. Having support is beneficial for both the senior and the family member.
Home Instead is a top provider of in-home dementia care in Portland. Our caregivers receive comprehensive, in-depth training to best service a senior or aging adult. Our team of professionals will provide the best quality care and tailor each care plan to individual senior or aging adult. We offer a variety of customized personal and social support services to meet your needs, including:
Everyone needs a companion, but maintaining friendships can be extraordinarily difficult for people with memory loss. It can be hard for these individuals to form meaningful connections when they’re forgetful of details or have rapid shifts in their mood.
Our caregivers will come to your loved one’s home to:
- Be a friendly and familiar face
- Play games/ assist in participating in a senior’s favorite activity
- Help aging adults spend time outside
- Provide reminders for self-administered medication
- Go on short walks with your loved one
Home Helper Services
If a senior is still fairly independent, there may still be a benefit from having someone come to help with the more difficult tasks of living independently at home. At Home Instead, our qualified caregivers can help your family member with a variety of tasks that make day-to-day living easier for people with memory loss.
These services include:
- Preparing simple meals and healthy snacks
- Helping with light chores like sweeping or folding laundry
- Helping with short errands like grocery shopping
- Accompanying your loved one to doctor appointments
- Assisting with the management of appointments and prescription refills
Personal Care Services
For individuals who need a higher level of support, we offer personal care services designed to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to stay at home. Our caregivers can help with tasks like bathing, dressing, medication administration, toileting, eating, and more. Depending on your loved one’s individual needs, we can stay for just a few hours or provide around-the-clock care for extended periods.
There are limitations to the type of care you and your family can provide your loved one and how long you can provide it. Caring for someone else is a tough job and the situation is compounded by your loved one’s diagnosis. You need adequate breaks to recover from the mental, physical, and emotional strain and to take care of your own needs.
Home Instead offers respite care for families who need time off but can’t leave their loved one in the hands of someone they don’t trust. Our caregivers provide comprehensive support for families taking respite, including assisting with personal care and household tasks. This lets you recuperate so you can continue offering your loved one your best.
The Dangers Of Isolation
Elderly people are at the highest risk of isolation, and those that suffer from cognitive impairment are in even more danger. Humans are by nature social creatures and this need doesn’t disappear with age. An older person needs interaction with others just as much as a teen or young adult does. Unfortunately, they’re much less likely to get it.
Social isolation is common for people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other related conditions due to several things, including memory loss, mood swings, and difficulty communicating. Building and maintaining healthy, meaningful relationships can be challenging when your loved one can’t remember names and important details or become angry quickly for seemingly no reason.
Unfortunately, people who are isolated are at a much higher risk of developing health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, and immune system deficiency. Our dementia care services in Portland can provide your loved one with the social interaction they need to stay healthy and continue experiencing the joy and solidarity of connecting with other people.
Portland’s Qualified Alzheimer’s Caregivers Come To You
Caring for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia isn’t the same as taking care of an elderly person without cognitive impairment. There can be a lot of day-to-day stress about issues that may not seem like a big deal to you but are significant to your loved one in their altered state of mind.
Home Instead works to build a foundation of normalcy for your loved one by creating surroundings that look and feel familiar to them and routines they can come to expect. Our caregivers can help your loved one bathe, get dressed, and eat at the same times each day and give reminders to take medication at the right intervals. We speak to your family member gently and treat them with the dignity they deserve at all times, regardless of the task we are assisting with.