Dementia and Alzheimer’s – The Tsunami is Here
The Tsunami of Dementia is happening. According to Alzheimer’s Society of Canada there are currently over half a million Canadians living with dementia- plus about another 25,000 new cases diagnosed every year. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to around 1 Million, an increase of 66%.
This Tsunami impacts our families, our communities and our health care system. The headlines read that we are not prepared and will not be able to build facilities fast enough to care for our aging population. We too believe that this growing segment of the population requires attention, however we have a different perspective, in that we believe many individuals with dementia can age safely at home- with the right supports.
A diagnosis of dementia is frequently met with fear and a family’s frenzy to find a facility for their loved one. We would suggest that instead of jumping to conclusions schedule a free in-home assessment completed by Vytality at Home. Their team has completed over 10,000 assessments and will help you navigate the services and options to live safely, be it at home or in a community setting.
What is known that a premature or abrupt move from home should be avoided, without considering all your options and support. Moving individuals who have dementia out of their home, may unnecessarily trigger heightened symptoms. By assessing each person who has dementia before a decision to move is made, will allow for transparent conversation with the person and their family whom are impacted by the disease as to what are the most appropriate next steps.
Vytality at Home recognizes that just because someone has developed dementia they may not need to move. A person-centered approach that looks at each individual is key to helping to understand the best options for each person.
As dementia progresses, our home care team will help you during this journey, adapting routines, approaches and your care plan. Vytality’s trained and specialized caregivers can help provide the following:
- Focused attention on you and your needs
- Provide support and strategies with changes in behavior
- Create enjoyable and meaningful activities such as Art or Music therapy
- Plan and prepare nutritious meals
- Provide dressing and grooming reminders
- Provide companionship and social stimulation
Vytality at Home recognizes caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other Dementia’s can be challenging. Yet, there are options, rather than sending them to hospital or a care facility, you can allow them to stay in his or her own home as long as possible. With our senior home care services in Calgary, we become a great relief for you. Please contact us at 403-488-7991 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We look forward to meeting you.