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Treatment Options for Dementia


Dementia is a non-curable disease that happens when an individual experiences loss of their cognitive abilities.

 
Dementia comes in different forms and types, with each individual experiencing different signs and symptoms that will impact their daily lives. It is important to note that although this disease is not curable, it can be treated in the form of medicine or therapy to help mitigate the symptoms and complications an individual experience during their lifetime with dementia. Once someone is diagnosed with dementia, he or she will likely be prescribed a care plan, as well as a treatment plan, from their medical professional.

How Can Someone Live Their Best Life with Dementia?

 
As aforementioned, dementia is treatable, and symptoms of the disease can be mitigated and kept at bay. People with dementia may have a hard time in the beginning of their diagnosis understanding their options and what that means for their daily like. Support groups for people living with dementia are available to them during this foreign and often stressful time in their lives. It is important to make sure that someone living with dementia has a hold not only on their physical wellbeing, but their mental health as well, as depression could develop overtime. Support groups can offer a sense of community and sustenance that the individual longs for while discussing treatments with his or her medical professionals.

Is Dementia Curable? Treatable?

 

There are several different times of treatments that can be used to manage symptoms of the disease. If an individual is deemed qualified for medications, there are two well-known options. The first medication used to manage symptoms of dementia is cholinesterase inhibitors, which assist in the boost of an individual’s memory, judgement and cognitive abilities. There are three different types of cholinesterase inhibitors: galantamine (Razadyne), donepezil (Aricept) and rivastigmine (Exelon). It is important to note that these medications are given mostly to individuals that have Alzheimer’s disease, but it can also be used to treat other types of dementia as well. Medical professionals will prescribe this medicine as they see fit after the patient undergoes several evaluations.

The second type of medication for individuals with dementia is memantine, commonly known as Namenda. This particular medicine works by directly changing the way neurotransmitter chemicals communicate with one another, thus improving cognitive abilities. This will help the nerve cells in the brain work as they are intended to, without the damage that cause the individuals dementia in the first place. As with any oral medication, there are side effects and warnings to be aware of. Individuals are encouraged to talk extensively with their doctor regarding the side effects and complications that they may face with this medication.

Outside of medication, dementia patients have the opportunity to explore different types of therapies that may help them live a long, fulfilled and seemingly normal lifestyle, despite their diagnosis. Much like medications, this will highly depend on the individuals type of dementia, as well as how it affects his or her daily life. A medical professional will be able to recommend a type of therapy that will be right for their patient, as well as a reputable place to go to receive treatment. It is important to remember that all therapies should be administered through professionals and should be monitored on an ongoing basis.

There are a few options when it comes to therapy and living with dementia post a diagnosis. The first type is occupational therapy, where a trained individual teaches the dementia patient to maintain a safe and healthy environment that will help them live a happier lifestyle. Through occupational therapy, the individual with dementia, as well as their family members, learn how they can prevent complications with this disease due to the environment around them. Certain activities may to be preparing oneself for the progression of dementia, how they can mitigate accidents and how their family members can manage behavior that will come out due to the progression of dementia.

The second type of therapy that an individual with dementia may be prescribed is working through the steps that will modify and simplify daily tasks. This is seen as a less ‘official’ type of therapy but can still be just as effective as other treatments. If a doctor suggests modifying one’s environment and simplifying their daily tasks, it is important to understand what type of modifications and changes that are needed.

Speaking with a medical professional about the progression of the disease can give hints and clues into what modifications are needed.

For example, if an individual’s dementia is going to be progressing at a rapid rate, it is advised that he or she takes extreme precautions to prevent any complications that they may face.

How Can a Caregiver Help those with Dementia

 
caregiver and stroke helpPerhaps one of the best ways to allow an individual with dementia to flourish during their life with the diagnosis is to hire a professional caregiver to assist in the home. By hiring an in-home caregiver, the individual living with dementia has the ability to live comfortably and safely in their home, while acquiring the help of a professional. An in-home caregiver can provide a wide variety of services that will benefit someone living with dementia, especially during the times when their symptoms progress. An in-home caregiver can ensure that the home is safe and the individual suffering from dementia has the ability to go freely about their day, under the close observation of someone that will keep them innocuous.

Living with dementia can be challenging, scary and daunting but does not have to take over an individual’s life. Although he or she may experience life altering symptoms, they do not have to succumb to the illness and allow it to ruin their livelihood.

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
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Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
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Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
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CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
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Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

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