One of the biggest challenges children or grandchildren can face in their lives is accepting the fact that their parents or grandparents need medical care that is beyond what they can provide in-home. This is often the case when talking about individuals with dementia. Many have seen home healthcare as a viable option for providing comfort to their loved ones.

What Is In-Home Healthcare?

In-home care covers a range of services provided in the home that allows a patient dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s to get the medical care they need from the familiar surroundings of their home. It is also a way for family members who serve as caregivers to get the assistance they need.

Types of In-Home Services

In-home healthcare services vary depending on the need of the patients, the budget of the family, and the desires of the patient. Some services include:

• Personal Care: This would be helping the patient bathe, use the toilet, eat, get dressed, and take care of other aspects associated with personal care.

• Homemaker: The focus of a homemaker is on keeping the house clean, making meals, and shopping for food or other supplies.

• Skilled Medical Care: This includes things like physical therapy, treating wounds, providing injections, and administering medication. These services are usually provided in coordination with a doctor or another medical professional.

• Companionship: These services include general supervision of the patient, visiting the patient, and helping them engage in recreational activities.

How to Find a Good In-Home Service

For most people, when their parents or grandparents began to show signs of dementia, this is the first time they have ever dealt with the situation, and they can feel overwhelmed. However, there are resources available to help you find the right in-home service for your situation.

For example, the primary care physician of the individual dealing with dementia is an excellent source. They will have recommendations of health providers who have experience dealing with dementia. Friends and family members who have gone through the same situation are an invaluable resource in these circumstances.

Seeking Help Does Not Mean You Gave up

At times, it is hard for family members to seek help for their family member with dementia. They may feel that by seeking help they have given up on their loved one. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While there are certain things that family members can do to help a dementia patient, such as installing dementia clocks around the house to help their family members maintain a good routine, what they can do pales in comparison to what a trained professional can do. Seeking help does not mean that you have given up, but to the contrary, it shows how much you care.

Helping with a loved one who is battling dementia is a challenge that most people are not prepared for. Home healthcare services can minimize some of the workload that family members feel while at the same time making the individual battling with dementia feel as comfortable as possible in their own home.

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