Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia
Memory Care Services at Home
Health Force of Georgia’s specially-trained Alzheimer’s caregivers provide assistance with daily living activities in the familiarity and comfort of home.
Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is a debilitating condition afflicting over 5 million Americans. But the impact of Alzheimer’s goes far beyond the person living with it facing families with the critical question:
“How do we provide quality, affordable Alzheimer’s care for mom or dad?”
Compassionate Alzheimer’s Care for Seniors in Atlanta, GA is Here for You
Fortunately, many seniors with Alzheimer’s disease in the early or middle stages can be cared for at home affordably, especially when you compare it to nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Our specially-trained memory caregivers deliver dignified care in the reassuring surroundings of home on an hourly, daily or 24/7 live-in basis. Service is available throughout metro Atlanta and 18 surrounding counties.
Health Force of Georgia realizes the heavy burdens you shoulder with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s for a family member. Our gentle approach to Alzheimer’s memory care services helps families manage this disease by:
- Providing high-quality, daily-living services to maintain the dignity of mom or dad living in their home
- Preserving independence as long as possible by allowing them to stay in the recognizable surroundings of home
Assistance with Daily-Living
An Alzheimer’s caregiver from Health Force of Georgia provides assistance with daily-living services using one-on-one interaction and attention – the key to providing the best care possible!
Day-to-day tasks include:
- Mental stimulation
- Physical activities and social engagement
- Bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting
- Light housework
- Transportation to medical appointments and other events
- Planning and preparing nutritious meals
- Grocery shopping
- Doing hobbies
- Monitoring and giving medications
- Keeping records on patient status, changes and all activities
- Maintaining a safe environment and consistent routine to lessen agitation or outbursts
- Adapting level of care as disease progresses
- Managing change in behavior
- Assisting with walking or moving from room to room
- Getting out of bed
- Going to bed
- Light laundry
- Plus, more
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s is a progressive, degenerative disorder that worsens over time. It breaks down brain tissue affecting areas that control memory, thinking, language and behavior.
There are many symptoms, but some of the most common include:
- Difficulty performing ordinary tasks
- Misplacing things
- Memory loss of recent events, though they may easily recall things from years ago
- Having a traffic accident and not able to explain how it happened
- Leaving the stove on
- Feeling confused or frustrated, especially at night
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in behavior or mood such as outbursts of anger, being combative or anxious
- Trouble walking or poor coordination
- Difficulty speaking or problem communicating
- Having unwarranted suspicion of family members
There is no cure at this time. However, there are management strategies and actions to take that may help decrease the rate of decline.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's from the Alzheimer's Association
- Memory Loss That Disrupts Daily Life
- Challenges In Planning Or Solving Problems
- Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks At Home, At Work Or At Leisure
- Confusion With Time Or Place
- Trouble Understanding Visual Images And Spatial Relationships
- New Problems With Words In Speaking Or Writing
- Misplacing Things And Losing The Ability To Retrace Steps
- Decreased Or Poor Judgment
- Withdrawal From Work Or Social Activities
- Changes In Mood And Personality
Decrease Progression of the Disease
Alzheimer’s patients have special needs, both physically and mentally, and must be patiently engaged. Clinical studies show and our caregivers understand that engaging the brain with familiar activities at home could help slow down progression when compared to just sitting doing nothing.
Keeping them Physically Active
What happens many times with Alzheimer’s disease is that while the body appears to remain strong, mental cognition worsens. Without physical exercise or activity, it’s just a matter of time before body systems fail causing complicated medical challenges or life-threatening infections. The goal is to keep the person active and moving so the body maintains current health conditions as long as possible.
Our dedicated caregivers know that each patient’s activity level is dependent on the degree of movement their body allows. For example, a person in a wheel chair may do sitting variations of a standing exercise. We evaluate each situation and encourage moderate activity to keep them physically engaged which helps cognitive function.
Physical activities also support wellbeing and independence. Socializing with others can help improve mood and self-esteem, which encourages more social engagement, stimulation of the brain and additional muscle movement contributing to overall quality of life.
Examples of physical activities to help maintain health includes:
- Seated exercises
- Standing exercises
- Bed exercises
- Going on walks
- Tending the garden
- Light household tasks such as dusting or sweeping
- Visiting a botanical garden, museum or local events
- Grocery shopping
- Going to the mall
- Outings with family and friends
- Taking a bath
Keeping Them Mentally Active
Health Force of Georgia offers highly trained Alzheimer’s caregivers who know how to engage patients mentally. Examples of activities we provide that offer active mental stimulation include:
- Playing games such as bingo
- Doing puzzles
- Singing songs
- Listening to music
- Doing arts and craft
- Reading the newspaper
- Looking at books they enjoy
- Watching family videos
- Viewing family photographs
- Plus, many more
The key is to take a flexible, supportive approach that recognizes that the disease touches each person differently. What matters most is that your loved one enjoys the interaction and concentrates on the activity to keep neurons firing.
Affordable Alzheimer’s Care Services
We know that providing memory care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients is stressful and challenging for caregivers. That’s why we’re here for you with flexible Alzheimer’s care assistance that removes the burden of care for a short time or an extended period depending on your situation.
Alzheimer’s Care Only When You Need It on an Hourly Basis
If you or a family member are the primary caregiver for a person with dementia, we will work with you to custom tailor “gaps” of service coverage on an hourly basis to supplement times when you cannot be there. This gives caregivers a chance to take a break with a trusted, budget-friendly Alzheimer’s care solution.
Alzheimer’s Respite Care
We provide complete, compassionate care while you take much-needed time away for yourself as a caregiver. Schedule a day off every week, take a long weekend or take a vacation with your family to refresh and recharge your energy. You can enjoy your respite knowing that all is safe and looked-after at home.
24/7 Alzheimer’s Live-In Care
Health Force of Georgia provides round-the-clock, live-in dementia coverage. For example, grown children who live far distances from mom or dad rely on us to provide quality of life for those living with memory impairment. Or, families take comfort knowing their parent is safe and secure at home 24/7 with the best dementia care available in the Atlanta area.
Call Health Force of Georgia in Atlanta at (770) 458-8500 to learn how our specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving can help your family member continue to enjoy life with dignity and independence in their home environment. We are here to serve all your needs.
Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and increasing.
- 35% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia report that their health has gotten worse due to care responsibilities.
- Every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops the disease.
- Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $259 billion.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- Alzheimer’s kills more Americans than breast cancer and prostate cancer
Watch the video to learn the facts about our Alzheimer’s Crisis.