Dementia and Alzheimer's Care

Caring for loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer's disease can be the most challenging experience of a lifetime.

Many of Pin Oak's clients suffer from Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other conditions that impair normal brain function. The onset of dementia is troubling and challenging both for the individual who suffers and the family members. As the disease progresses, most families find they are no longer able to manage their loved one's care alone and reach out for professional help. Memory loss, trouble carrying out routine tasks, such as following a recipe, confusion about time or place, misplacing things, and mood changes are just some of the symptoms people with these conditions experience. As a result, elders can lose the ability to manage their own basic needs, including meals, medication, and hygiene. They can also put themselves in danger by wandering off, misuse of tools or kitchen appliances, etc.

This leads families into discussions of options for ensuring the health, safety and comfort of their loved ones while keeping their own lives stable and intact. Some families are able to manage with part time help, others need full time assistance, including live-in care. Some place their senior in a nursing home or memory care facility. We would be happy to help you through this process with a free consultation.

Whatever option is best for you, our caregivers are trained and ready to help your senior, whether it is in the home or as an advocate in an alternate living facility. Our caregivers are specifically trained in abnormal brain function care. Not only can they help with her basic needs but are also trained to be a calming presence in times of anxiety or confusion. We remind your senior about medication and ensure that drugs are neither over nor under-used. Pain medication, for example, is important in many cases since the sufferer is not always able to adequately communicate her feelings. Our caregivers are attentive to this aspect of wellbeing, as poorly managed medication can manifest itself in other behavioral problems.

We remind elders to use the bathroom and provide incontinence care while respecting the individual's privacy and dignity. We also stimulate conversation and activities to avoid social withdrawal, loneliness and depression. We use words, touch and gestures in a way that shows the elder she is valued and loved. In short, we are there to care for your loved one in all aspects of her life.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you and your loved one.