Alzheimer’s Care at Home

Giving Choices

Since the majority of Alzheimer’s care is provided in home settings, family caregivers need to be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide Alzheimer’s care at home. 

Below you’ll find 9* reasons why people providing Alzheimer’s care at home should get the information they need to learn how to effectively provide care.

“Eighty percent of Alzheimer’s care is provided in the home, not a facility, according to the CDC”.
 Lakelyn Hogan Eichenberger, PhD, a gerontologist and care advocate for Home Instead

Personalized Care: Home care allows for personalized attention tailored to the individual needs of the patient. Understanding Alzheimer’s will enable those who provide Alzheimer’s care at home to customize care plans that best suit the afflicted person’s unique requirements.

Emotional Well-being: Being in a familiar environment can be comforting to people living with Alzheimer’s. Knowledgeable caregivers can create a safe and nurturing environment that promotes emotional well-being.

Cost-Effectiveness: Institutional care can be expensive. By providing care at home, families can potentially save on costs. However, this requires caregivers to be well-trained to avoid potential complications that could lead to hospitalizations.

Early Detection: Understanding Alzheimer’s can help caregivers recognize early signs and symptoms. Early detection can lead to timely interventions, potentially slowing the progression of the disease.

Safety Concerns: Alzheimer’s patients can exhibit behaviors that might put them at risk, such as wandering. Knowledgeable caregivers can implement safety measures to prevent accidents and ensure the person’s well-being.

Emotional Support for Families: Alzheimer’s not only affects the patient but also their families. The person providing Alzheimer’s care at home who understands the disease can provide emotional support and guidance to other family members, helping them cope with the challenges.

Managing Behavioral Symptoms: Alzheimer’s patients can exhibit a range of sometimes disruptive behavioral symptoms, from agitation to depression. Caregivers equipped with knowledge can employ strategies to manage these symptoms effectively.

Medication Management: Proper medication can alleviate some symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Those who provide in-home Alzheimer’s care need to understand the importance of timely medication, potential side effects, and interactions to ensure the patient’s health.

Enhancing Quality of Life: With the right care strategies, caregivers can enhance the quality of life for people with dementia, ensuring they remain engaged, active, and mentally stimulated.

Given the high percentage of Alzheimer’s care provided at home, caregivers must be well-informed and trained. This not only ensures the safety and well-being of the person diagnosed but also provides support to families and enhances the overall quality of care.

The Montessori Alzheimer Center provides in-person and online training and conferences to help the person who is providing care at home for anyone with any type of dementia.

Click here for training programs.

Click here for the conference on Overcoming Communication Barriers and Disruptive Behaviors.

Click here for the conference on Activities Adapted for the Cognitively Impaired.

*not an exhaustive list