Memory Care Experts in Kansas City

 
Couple that needs memory care in Kansas City, MO

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life and includes specific diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson’s and others.  People with dementia may:

  • experience short-term memory problems
  • have difficulties remembering dates and appointments
  • get lost when traveling away from home
  • be unable to perform daily tasks such as planning and preparing meals or paying bills.
Routine and familiar surroundings are key staples in caring for an individual with dementia.  The ability to remain in one’s own home with keepsakes and family pictures gives the dementia patient a sense of comfort  and security.  Removing a dementia patient from their home will likely trigger a sense of confusion and agitation.  For these reasons, home care is an excellent option for those afflicted with these cognitive impairments.

Our caregivers at Elder Care recognize that dementia will affect each client in a unique way.  The impact on each family member will differ as well depending on their understanding of the disease and their interactions with their loved one.  As a result, we will focus on developing an individualized Plan of Care for each client based on their specific stage of dementia and symptoms.  Depending on the individual client’s circumstances, our Care Plan may include any number of the following elements:

  • providing a daily, structured routine
  • encouraging mind or memory stimulating activities
  • fostering social interaction
  • supporting the client’s independence
  • providing a calm atmosphere
  • managing behaviors that may change over time
  • supporting family members
The following web sites provide a wealth of information that can help family members understand the disease and cope with the changes that are taking place in the lives of their loved one.

Alzheimer’s Association-Heart of America Chapter

Lewy Body Dementia Association

Parkinson’s Foundation

Teepa Snow: Positive Approach to Brain Change