Skilled Senior Nursing to Help Manage Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Senior Nurse Helping PatientAlzheimer’s and dementia are two health concerns that are typically associated with aging. Memory loss that interferes with daily life can be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. While there is no cure, early diagnosis can help create a plan to manage the condition and provide appropriate care for a dementia or Alzheimer’s patient.

Dementia is a general term for a severe decline in mental ability and Alzheimer’s is the most common type. According to ALZ.org, an estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017 with an estimated 5.3 million being age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals (under 65 years) having younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

Caring for people with dementia can be difficult; each day brings new challenges. With early detection, patients can get the right treatment and care, making life a little easier for themselves and their families. The experienced caregivers at our assisted living facility share some useful tips on recognizing symptoms of dementia in your loved ones.

Symptoms of Dementia

While symptoms of dementia vary, some common signs include:

  • Memory loss, usually noticed by a spouse, family member or close associate
  • Difficulty finding words, reasoning, or problem-solving
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Difficulty handling complex tasks
  • Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
  • Personality changes
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations

If you notice any of the above signs in a parent, spouse, sibling or yourself, do not ignore them. Schedule an appointment with a doctor right away. Determining the cause can help provide the right care in a timely manner.

Monitoring Common Behavior Patterns in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients

Patient and Nurse in ConversationAlzheimer’s and dementia are life-changing conditions. Memory loss brings with it several serious health and safety concerns ranging from falling, to wandering, not being dressed appropriately for the weather, forgetting to take medication, skipping meals, neglecting essentials such as bathing and personal hygiene matters. In addition to providing personalized attention, social activities have become a key component of dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Companionship and communication helps improve a patient’s mood and makes them feel calmer.

At The Holiday Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Manville, Rhode Island, we provide senior care to meet the individual needs of residents. A wide range of easily-accessible services and amenities and a dedicated nursing team are always on hand to make them feel comfortable, safe, and completely at home.

Personalized attention by our experienced and dedicated staff helps detect warning signs and provides you with professional advice about dementia and Alzheimer’s care. We may recommend that you move your loved one into our skilled nursing facility. Rest assured that till diagnosis is confirmed and decisions are made about the future, we will look after your loved ones like family.

Give us a call at 401-229-5059 to learn more about the services and amenities we provide at The Holiday Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island. Fill out this online form to book a tour.