Providing Quality Alzheimer’s Care
With Home Monitoring
Providing quality Alzheimer’s care to elderly relatives can be stressful, heart wrenching and sometimes impossible. Thankfully, with home monitoring services some of the stress can be relieved. Alzheimer’s care at home is often most difficult for loved ones to provide since it is difficult to face the fact that they may not recognize their family from day to day. Dementia results in a constantly changing environment of communication. When providing Alzheimer’s care communication is often one of the largest barriers. Those who suffer from dementia can:
• Have difficulty remembering the right word
• Repeat the same words continuously
• Create new words
• Get distracted easily
• Form sentences in the wrong order
• Revert to a native language
• Curse excessively
• Retreat and cease speaking altogether
Creating an environment that is safe for the patient and reasonable for the family can be one of the more difficult aspects of providing Alzheimer’s care. Alzheimer’s care involves a lot of patience and a lot of time. Home monitoring can help caregivers find a measure of peace when they leave the house.
While severe dementia patients can never be left completely alone, those in the earlier stages often appear quite rational when not in the middle of an episode. Those in the earlier stages can be fitted with a bracelet or other device that provides home monitoring. The home monitoring device can provide a couple of different functions. It can either simply track the dementia patient via GPS, so that when you return home, you can find them; or it can notify you when the patient leaves the house unscheduled so that you can take proactive steps to prevent a panicked search.
Home monitoring can also be established in the home to give care providers the ability to check in either with audio or audio and video periodically through out the day. These added safety features making caring for a dementia patient at home much easier and safer for the patient.
That being said, however, if the Alzheimer’s symptoms are too severe, an Alzheimer’s care home may be more practical than home monitoring.