The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease Management programs are designed to engage your loved one, stimulate their memory, and redirect behavior when necessary. All staff are trained specifically on the latest advances in the field of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and the care of individuals at home. Gerry Fioriglio RN, CDP, BS owner of Family Caregivers Network is a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the NCCDP, LLC. A CDP® certification reflects a deep personal commitment on the part of the health care professional and the organization’s sense of accountability by abiding by the Ethics of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. The professional knowledge inspires confidence and dedication to individuals through quality of life and quality of care provided by the Certified Dementia Practitioner to the dementia patient.
Telling family and friends about a Dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis doesn’t only affect the person receiving it. The lives of family members and friends may also drastically change. There are steps to take to help everyone cope with the news.
- First be honest with family and friends about the person’s diagnosis. Explain that Dementia/Alzheimer’s is a brain disease, not a psychological or emotional disorder.
- Share educational materials. Family Caregivers Network home care program offers families the educational materials needed to understand the disease. The more that people learn about the disease, the more comfortable they may feel around the person.
- Attend support groups. Family Caregivers Network offers Monthly Caregiver Support Groups in Quakertown and Schwenksville, and Pennsburg.. For more info go to our support group page.
- Realize that some people may drift out of your life, as they may feel uncomfortable around the person or may not want to help provide care.
- Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease can also impact children and teens. Just as with any family member, be honest about the person’s diagnosis with the young people in your life. Encourage them to ask questions.
Activities can improve the memory of persons with Alzheimer’s disease
Meaningful activities, such as those that involve music, art and pet visits, can help enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Pets, for instance, have been shown to reduce depression and boost self-esteem. Art provides an outlet for expression. Music stirs memories, emotions and when accompanied by singing, encourages group activity. Activities like these have been proven to improve memory.
An individualized care plan is designed by our Registered Nurse for your loved one. Our caregivers and home care aides use disease specific journalling related to Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease so you know exactly what your loved one did during each in-home care visit.
Call today 215-541-9030 or send us an email for more information about our Dementia/Alzheimer’s Program.