Posted on Jul 18, 2018
With over 5.5 million Americans suffering in 2017, Alzheimer’s is one of the most devastating diseases affecting seniors. In addition to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia, and Frontotemporal dementia are other serious cognitive conditions that can cause dementia symptoms and make it necessary for your loved one to seek help. Luckily, Senior Helpers implements an approach to Alzheimer’s care that’s revolutionizing how the disease is treated. The Senior Gems approach is designed to create a positive environment, focused on your loved one’s strengths, rather than their weaknesses. Our caregivers make quality of life a priority for Alzheimer’s and dementia clients and are trained to create customized Alzheimer care programs tailored to each senior’s specific needs.
Senior Gems is an overall approach to care designed specifically to improve the quality of life of Alzheimer’s and dementia clients. It focuses on identifying the characteristics of aging—from normal aging through the various stages and symptoms of dementia—and becomes an invaluable resource for creating a customized regimen of Alzheimer’s care. Senior Gems focuses on what is precious and unique about each senior, rather than harping on their weaknesses. We recognize that every senior will change as the disease progresses, but our caregivers focus on what faculties are still available to them, what makes them special, and able to continue living a purposeful, comfortable life at home. This positive approach to Alzheimer’s care is what makes Senior Gems so effective.
Our Senior Gems classification system helps our trained caregivers identify and assess the characteristics of Alzheimer’s and dementia’s various stages. These assessments are based on a measurement system for a senior’s level of functionality, and we use this system to get an accurate reading of exactly what kind of care the senior needs. We use specific strategies to care for our Alzheimer’s clients, and generate a long-term plan to provide the best possible care. Here’s an introductory overview of the Senior Gems classification system.
One of the most difficult parts of providing Alzheimer’s care to a family member is the toll it can take on you and your family. Your loved one might require assistance with even the simplest daily tasks, like getting dressed and going to the store, or require constant surveillance. Oftentimes people with Alzheimer’s may wander off or put themselves in danger if not watched constantly. This can be a lot for families to handle, especially while juggling other work commitments and personal obligations. While you might ideally want to spend all your time focusing on your loved one, and making sure they’re safe, comfortable, and happy, a fatigued caregiver can’t provide the best care possible. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, let the professionals at Senior Helpers step in and provide expert Alzheimer’ care, and give you the peace of mind you deserve.