Find Alzheimer’s Caregivers in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Fallbrook
Taking care of someone with Alzheimer's, or any type of dementia, can be difficult. You don’t have to take on all of these challenges alone. A qualified home care agency with dementia training and experience can assist you with their care and ease the burden on family. We become your partner in caring for the whole person. BrightStar Care of Carlsbad is the right choice for dementia-certified, compassionate in-home care and support. We understand this type of ailment, including how to handle those unpredictable behavior changes as the disease progresses.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary in-home care assessment, contact us.
Our Specialized Dementia Care Approach
Our person-centered approach features professional, specially-trained caregivers and active RN involvement. We customize our range of care services to the specific needs of those living with dementia and their families in a personalized care plan. Our BrightStar Care Registered Nurse (RN) Director of Patient Care Services evaluates each client, creates a personalized plan of care, oversees our specially trained professional care staff, and regularly reviews care notes with you to make sure we are meeting your expectations.
Our mission is to provide your loved one living with early, middle, or late-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia the individualized care and support they need to:
- Live with dignity and purpose safely and securely in their own home
- Enjoy optimal health and emotional well-being
- Maintain connections to the people, places, things, and memories that matter most to them
With BrightStar Care Carlsbad, you and your loved one can expect:
RN Involvement and Supervision with Every Client — Knowledgeable supervision is necessary for safety, and you can take comfort in knowing that our full-time Registered Nurse Director of Patient CareServices is overseeing every aspect of your loved one’s care. Our experienced team creates an individualized plan of care and provides care oversight to ensure the safety and comfort of your loved one.
Specially Trained Staff — Our caregivers have a minimum of one-year of dementia care experience, have undergone extensive background and credentials checks, and are certified in the BrightStar Care dementia approach.
Knowledgeable, Responsive Communication and Support available 24 hours day— We answer our phone 24/7/365, so you can always reach us for customer support. Our team also collaborates closely with clients, family, and other healthcare providers to keep everyone up to speed.
BrightStar Care of Carlsbad services North San Diego County. In the City of Calsbad Ca. and the surrounding north county cities of Oceanside and Vista. Our phone number is 760-448-1021
Additional Education and Support
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term for the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities. These functions include memory, language skills, visual perception, problem solving, self-management, and the ability to focus and pay attention. Some people with dementia cannot control their emotions, and their personalities may change. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person's functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of living.
Signs and symptoms of dementia result when once-healthy neurons (nerve cells) in the brain stop working, lose connections with other brain cells, and die. While everyone loses some neurons as they age, people with dementia experience far greater loss. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia. Lewy Body Dementia is another very common type. Dementia can also be caused by Vascular Disease, Fronto Temporal Dementia (FTD), Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, brain injury and certain other medical conditions.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia. It’s a neurological disorder that often begins slowly with mild symptoms that gradually advance. Individuals with this illness often suffer from memory loss and the inability to care properly for their own nutritional and personal hygiene needs. Patients with Alzheimer’s are also at a higher risk of falling or accidentally injuring themselves, and an in-home care provider can assist you in keeping your loved one safe.
There are many possible symptoms someone with Alzheimer's or dementia may exhibit. Some patients exhibit several, while others show only a few. They can be mild or severe, and symptoms can come and go. Common symptoms include:
- Inability to remember words, details, directions, people or events
- Difficulty performing simple tasks (such as personal hygiene or grooming)
- Depression or lack of motivation
- Poor decision making or judgment
- Aggressive behaviors
- Repeating information over and over
In the early stages of dementia, many people are able to live at home and enjoy life in the same way as before their diagnosis. As their dementia progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult for a dementia sufferer to care for their own needs, and they are at risk of falling, self-neglect, malnutrition, injury, medication errors, and financial exploitation. In the moderate phase, they will require care services to help with basic activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, hygiene, cognitive stimulation and socialization. It becomes unsafe to leave them alone, even for short periods of time. In home care services support these activities and enable them to remain in the comfort and familiarity of home longer. In the late stages, the time may come when they need home health care services or to move into a residential facility or memory care facility.
Understanding the Diagnosis
It’s important for family members to educate yourself on the nature of your loved one’s Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis, so you can engage them in the right ways. With the right information, you can help shape your loved one’s personalized care plan and have more positive interactions. You can continue to be an important part of their lives, help keep them from feeling the effects of social isolation and help them get through the difficult times.
Dementia related changes in the brain make it harder to recognize people, follow directions and understand what is happening around them. They often experience less control over their feelings and how they express them. A senior feeling afraid, confused, frustrated and/or unable to communicate effectively can be easily agitated. Frustration or confusion when their routine is upset or they are unable to express what’s actually bothering them can lead to aggressive behavior. It can also be triggered by something in their environment that causes discomfort, pain, fear, anxiety, helplessness, confusion or frustration.
Being patient with someone experiencing dementia symptoms is vital. Gentle reminders and keeping to a routine help them feel more secure and calm. Don't get frustrated when they ask the same question or tell the same story over and over. Help them to remember who people are and where they are in a soothing and reassuring manner. Showing compassion, being patient, adapting, and having the right dementia home care services are key.
To diagnose dementia, doctors first assess whether a person has an underlying treatable condition such as abnormal thyroid function, normal pressure hydrocephalus, or a vitamin deficiency that may relate to cognitive difficulties. Early detection of symptoms is important, as some causes can be treated.
There is no one test to determine if someone has dementia. Doctors diagnose Alzheimer's and other types of dementia based on a careful medical history, a physical examination, laboratory tests, and the characteristic changes in thinking, day-to-day function and behavior associated with each type. Doctors can determine that a person has dementia with a high level of certainty. But it's harder to determine the exact type of dementia because the symptoms and brain changes of different dementias can overlap. In some cases, a doctor may diagnose "dementia" and not specify a type. If this occurs it may be necessary to see a specialist such as a neurologist or gero-psychologist.
Based on the diagnosis, a home care plan is devised for them to ensure someone checking in on them regularly and they have daily interaction. They can help you devise a routine and list of tasks that family and trained care professionals can assist with. Keeping the routine the same can help with memory and reduce confusion. Dementia care in a familiar environment tends to help the patient. The care plan should incorporate:
- Compassionate, qualified staff
- Person-centered care for both emotional and physical needs
- Connecting to people, places, and memories that are important to them
- Effective communication
- Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
- Education and support for the family
- Overall safety and security
There are activities professionals can introduce to help reduce the progression of dementia in many patients. Such activities help to stimulate the brain and enhance memory. Plenty of them are in the form of games and they can be played with family members. This is a wonderful way to pass the time and to have some fun. At the same time, it is helping your loved one fight the ailment.
Choosing a Dementia-Certified Home Care Agency
You want an agency that takes the time to consider your loved one’s unique personality, life experience and individual needs. Always make sure the care is provided by those with specific training in the fields of Alzheimer's and dementia.
BrightStar home care providers offers a wide range of services and are flexible to adjust as your loved one’s needs change with time. We keep family and other care partners informed of any changes to condition or custom care plan, as well as any concerns.
Dementia home care can help ensure they are treated properly for their needs and live a fulfilling life. Our support can help you provide for their basic needs and social interaction.
For example, our home health aides assist with basic hygiene, cooking nutritious meals, mobility, medication reminders, cognitive stimulation, reminiscence and more. Eventually, it may not be safe to leave them alone anymore, and our care services can provide around the clock supervision when needed.
Brightstar serving north county in Carlsbad and near carlsbad in Oceanside and Vista
For more information or to schedule a complimentary in-home care assessment, contact us.