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Seniors who struggle with Alzheimer’s, dementia or any other form of cognitive decline – including Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia or Parkinson’s Disease Dementia – require an elevated level of care, and a special type of home caregiver.

We have been referring certified nursing assistants and home health aides with specific training and experience caring for individuals with these ailments – and the patient, compassionate countenance to deliver such care – for over 25 years.

Among our core values is the recognition of every client’s dignity, even if their current cognitive state does not reflect their prior sharpness.

Care from a consistent, familiar caregiver can go a long way toward easing the anxieties of loved ones suffering from these conditions and ensuring they remain safe in their homes.

A Caregiver for Patients with Dementia Can Help With…

  • Medication reminders
  • Grocery shopping or errands
  • Assistance bathing or transferring from sitting to standing
  • Companionship
  • Meal preparation or light housework
  • Support with personal hygiene
  • Transportation to doctor appointments
  • Mental and physical stimulation

Whatever the situation, we can help. We have worked with families from all over the country providing them with home health care solutions tailored to fit the specific needs of their loved ones in our communities suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of cognitive impairment.

Boca Home Care Services focuses on keeping your family members and loved ones safe and secure in their own homes. We are the trusted partner for physicians and geriatric professionals in Palm Beach and Broward Counties when it comes to caring for their patients dealing with these cognitive challenges.

Our Areas of Service

We can help you find care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia in:

Northern Palm Beach County

Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth

Southern Palm Beach County

Lantana, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boca Del Mar

Northern Broward County

Deerfield Beach, Parkland, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Oakland Park

Southern Broward County

Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Weston, Davie, Dania Beach, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines

Other Areas of Service

We can connect you to care in Miami-Dade and Martin Counties through affiliates in the CareGivers of America network

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We Understand Cognitive Impairment Diseases

We’ve collected some acquired wisdom into the following frequently asked questions about dementia and Alzheimer’s. Please call us with any additional questions you may have.

What is dementia?

Dementia generally refers to the symptoms resulting from lost functionality of certain neurons in an aging individual’s brain.

Symptoms can include any of the following:

  • Loss of memory, confusion or poor judgment
  • Frequently repeating questions already answered
  • Problems speaking, understanding, reading, writing, and expressing thoughts
  • Getting lost in a familiar neighborhood or even home environment
  • Inability to manage money or pay bills responsibly
  • Using strange words or names to refer to familiar objects or people
  • Taking a long time to finish normal activities
  • Experiencing delusions, paranoia, or hallucinations
  • Losing interest in normal activities or special occasions
  • Acting impulsively

What causes dementia?

There are four common types of dementia, each caused by slightly different alterations in the brain. An individual can develop one or more of these at the same time:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease: This is the most common type of dementia, and is often used broadly to describe all forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s is caused by severe changes in the brain generated by an abnormal buildup of proteins in the brain called amyloid plaques and tau tangles.
  • Lewy Body Dementia: This type of dementia results from the abnormal buildup of a protein called alpha-synuclein.
  • Vascular Dementia: This type of dementia is caused by a stroke or blockage of blood flow to the brain.
  • Frontotemporal Dementia: This rare type of dementia happens to people under 60. The disease is associated with a buildup of the proteins TDP-43 and tau tangles.

How does one test for dementia?

Physicians can test for dementia by using one or more diagnostic tools:

  • Cognitive and neurological testing to assess the patient’s ability to remember, solve problems, use motor skills, use language effectively, and maintain proper balance.
  • Taking brain scans by using CT scans, x-rays and other imaging equipment to identify possible causes of strokes, tumors, and other conditions that can cause or increase the likelihood of developing dementia.
  • Performing psychiatric evaluations to determine if depression or another mental disorder is causing or contributing to symptoms.
  • Conducting genetic tests to determine if genetics increase the likelihood of contracting dementia.
  • Using blood tests to detect the level of beta-amyloid proteins buildup, which is the primary cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

These tools can help rule out other medical disorders that may present similarly to dementia but may be managed differently, such as Argyrophilic Grain Disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Huntington’s Disease or Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Are there treatments for dementia?

There are various medications that can be prescribed to help individuals suffering from dementia control the symptoms or slow their progression, even if they cannot cure the underlying factors. Any medications should only be taken under the careful guidance of a qualified physician, but may include:

Symptoms can include any of the following:

  • Pharmaceuticals such as donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine are used to treat mild-to-moderate symptoms of dementia.
  • Memantine can be used to help control a chemical critical for memory and learning.
  • Antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can even out mood swings
  • Anxiolytics such as lorazepam or oxazepam can be prescribed to relieve anxiety or restlessness.
  • Antipsychotic medications such as aripiprazole, haloperidol, olanzapine, or risperidone may be used to help patients control feelings and behaviors related to agitation, aggression, hallucinations, and delusions.

Therapeutic treatments that don’t involve drugs include:

  • Cognitive stimulation therapy such as taking part in group activities and exercises.
  • Cognitive rehabilitation therapy involves working closely with a trained therapist with a focus on learning ways to improve work performance or simple personal tasks like dressing and grooming.
  • Reminiscence therapy relieves anxiety by talking with a trained therapist about past events.

The therapeutic approach often achieves what drugs can’t do — provide an internal sense of well-being without any side effects. Caregivers, friends, and family members can often participate in these sessions for an even better prognosis.

How can a caregiver improve the life of someone with dementia?

Caring for individuals with dementia can be incredibly challenging, particularly as the disease progresses. For example, middle-stage dementia patients are usually still mobile and aware that something’s wrong. They might try to deny their condition or try to prove themselves still capable, leading to increased instances of dangerous activities like forgetting food in the oven or on the stove. Middle-stage patients often get lost while searching for something they remember from their past. Forgetfulness causes major accident risks and an inability to recognize common dangers.

Caregivers often must try to explain discrepancies when patients no longer remember their friends and family members. Daily routines have to be adapted to ensure sanitary conditions, looking presentable, and remembering to eat. As the disease progresses, caregivers are often responsible for initiating these changes.

Whether a caregiver is a family member or a paid professional, he or she is often in the best position to find ways to stimulate the care recipient and fill their days with healthy activities. Depending on the level of each patient’s functionality, caregivers can initiate indoor and outdoor activities for their patients.

Indoor activities might include listening to music, looking at photos, playing games, working on a puzzle and watching sports or a favorite movie. Outdoor activities for dementia patients might include taking walks, playing simple games, watching dogs and people in the park, feeding birds and light gardening.

Stimulating activities that engage the patient in the present or stimulate their critical thinking skills have proven helpful in improving dementia patients’ quality of life.

What do I need to know in order to care for someone with dementia?

The best thing you can do when caring or preparing to care for someone with dementia is to establish a sustainable routine. This will involve planning both physically and emotionally.

Physically, you will want to transform the patient’s home into a safe and sound place for the individual you’re caring for. Make sure access to medicine cabinets and other dangerous areas is limited. Install automatic shut-off devices and child-safety locks, as well as grab-bars in the bathroom. It may be necessary to take measures that will prevent the patient from leaving the house and wandering off. As the individual’s symptoms worsen, be prepared to assist with bathing, dressing and toileting, which may be physically difficult based on the patient’s stature.

Emotionally, the role reversal of giving care to those who once provided it can be very difficult to process, especially as some of the functions of traditional care will be directly reversed –as in feeding or bathing, for example. Caregivers should be prepared that a loved one may ask the same question multiple times. They may also suffer hallucinations, imagining them as an impostor or enemy. Making the best of s difficult situation may involve sharing as many memories and as much laughter as possible.

Most importantly, successful care involves understanding your own limitations and taking care of yourself so that you are able to take care of your loved one. Schedule time away from caregiving by leaning on other family members or professional respite care to ensure that you remain both emotionally centered and physically healthy so that you can be up for the challenge of caring with someone with dementia.