What is Dementia?
Dementia is a neurocognitive disorder that interferes with memory, cognition and judgement, causing a group of thinking and social symptoms that interferes with daily functioning. Dementia affects over 3 million people each year.
Pure Home Health Care provides assistance, assessment and expertise in conjunction with your physician to living your life to its fullest.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of Dementia may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Forgetfulness: including mental decline, sundowning (confusion in evening hours), disorientation, inability to speak or understand language, hallucinations, paranoia, depression or losing the ability to recognize common place items.
- Personality changes, wandering without purpose and getting lost, anxiety or anger, lack of understanding inappropriate behavior such as public disrobing.
- Frequent falling, inability to combine muscle movement into useful body movements.
- Poor personal hygiene, refusing to bathe or change clothes.
- Poor nutrition
- Poor sleeping and restlessness
What can Pure Home Health Care do for you?
Pure Home Health Care Employs Dementia Certified Nurses who are trained to assess and understand the complexities of Dementia and Alzheimer's.
- Dementia certified nurses specialized in observing the patient and the surroundings in which they live to give appropriate plans of care.
- Dementia certified nurses understand that assessing for a patient’s needs is more than clinical, it is an emotional experience. Dementia nurses are good listeners and will provide patient and family with support and community resources to assist in emotional support of all involved with patient’s care
- Pure Home Health Care’s nurse will obtain a comprehensive history and the patient’s day to day routine and include this routine in the plan of care.
- Skilled nurses will review medications and will assist the caregivers to understand proper administration and signs and symptoms of adverse reactions.
- Assisting with behavioral issues and strategies to reduce stressful situations
- Assisting with wandering issues- finding tools to assist in ensuring safety in and outside of home.
- Nutritional counseling- explaining to caregiver’s nutritional needs, tips, and tricks to encourage food and fluid intake.
- Pure Home Health care will work in conjunction with your physician to create a specialized care plan to assist you and your love one in living life to its fullest.
The Six Stages of Dementia
- Very Mild Cognitive Decline - This stage can be very hard to recognize as it is less noticeable than more severe stages and includes forgetting names and phrases or beginning to misplace objects.
- Mild Cognitive Decline - This stage can begin to become more noticeable, as seniors might notice they have a hard time solving puzzles or playing card games, while also experiencing forgetfulness, repeating questions and having trouble concentrating.
- Moderate Cognitive Decline - This stage is typically when people are diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. At this stage you should be consulting with a medical professional and symptoms include social withdrawal, moodiness, trouble with everyday tasks, and non-responsiveness.
- Somewhat Severe Cognitive Decline - At this stage, an in-home caretaker or a memory loss community may be required for a loved one. Symptoms of this phase may include confusion, loss of memory of personal details and current events, and reduced problem solving ability.
- Severe Cognitive Decline - At this stage loved ones may experience trouble sleeping, obsessive behavior, paranoia, delusions, anxiety and difficulty recognizing loved ones.
- Very Severe Cognitive Decline - This stage is often referred to as ‘late stage dementia’ or ‘severe Alzheimer’s’ disease. This stage includes motor and communication impairment and the loss of the ability to walk or speak.