It can be heartbreaking to suspect — or learn — that your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia. As you begin to think about ways to keep them healthy, safe and happy, it may feel overwhelming, but you can turn to BrightStar® Home Care Cedar Rapids / Iowa City for guidance.
The First Signs
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder that often begins slowly with mild symptoms that gradually advance. Although some memory loss or changes in function are normal as we age, if symptoms move quickly or become more frequent, it could potentially indicate the onset of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
Here are some things to watch out for:
- The inability to remember words, details, directions, people and events
- Difficulty performing simple tasks (such as nutrition, personal hygiene or grooming)
- Depression or lack of motivation
- Forgetfulness and confusion
- Uncharacteristic irritability
- Poor decision making or judgment
It’s also important to note that those who have Alzheimer’s may be at a greater risk of falling or accidentally injuring themselves.
Finding the Help You Need
BrightStar Home Care of Cedar Rapids / Iowa City is here to answer your questions and create a plan that works for your loved one and the rest of the family. We know that most people are happier when they’re able to remain at home, especially since being in familiar surroundings can provide comfort and a sense of stability.
Daughter Caring for Parents is Supported by Nurse Tina
Tina's compassion and dedication to Gary who is living with Parkinson's disease and his wife Judy who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's is unmatched.
Nurse-Led Care Delivers Quality and Peace of Mind
Our local Director of Nursing, a Registered Nurse (RN), will evaluate your loved one and their needs, as well as discuss your family’s goals before putting together a customized plan of care. Our mission is to provide the individualized support needed for your loved one to:
- Live with dignity and purpose safely and securely in their own home.
- Maintain connections to the people, places, things and memories that matter most to them.
- Enjoy optimal health and emotional well-being.
The Director of Nursing provides ongoing oversight of our professional care staff and will periodically meet with you to make sure we are meeting your expectations.
Specially Trained Compassionate Staff
We have experienced dementia care staff who have undergone extensive background and credentials checks. Following our proprietary, science-backed Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Path, our team is trained to better understand and manage dementia-specific behaviors, as well as recognize changes in your loved one’s condition.
Our caregivers are patient, gentle and empathetic, giving you peace of mind that your loved one will be treated with kindness and dignity.
Responsive 24/7 Communication and Support
The knowledgeable team at BrightStar Home Care of Cedar Rapids / Iowa City collaborates transparently with clients, family and healthcare providers. Our 24/7/30 touchpoints ensure that everyone remains informed and involved with the care of your loved one.
Education and Support for Care Partners
We are your partner in your loved one’s care. We offer educational resources for family members, including a wide range of materials that give insight into Alzheimer’s and dementia, along with self-care and wellness tips for family members.
Your Needs, Our Commitment
There is a wide range of effects of Alzheimer’s or dementia for each person, which means that needs vary greatly. Because BrightStar Home Care Cedar Rapids / Iowa City provides a nurse-led care plan and we offer services across the spectrum of dementia, you can rest assured that our care will adapt to meet your loved one’s changing needs.
Our ultimate goal is to provide compassionate care at whatever level is needed so you can spend quality time with your loved one. We are proud to deliver person-centered Alzheimer’s and dementia care to help people in our community live with dignity in the comfort of their own home.