Live-in dementia care is almost imperative. The only scenario where you should consider an alternative is if you do not need someone to stay round the clock or if you find a more affordable option and you do not find the cost of a live-in caregiver to be reasonable. Otherwise, there is no pragmatic alternative of live-in dementia care.
Anyone suffering from dementia would be experiencing various symptoms. A common problem with dementia is its progressive nature. Not only is the condition chronic but its symptoms will get worse in due course of time. The progression can be slow or rapid depending on the severity of dementia and how well a person responds to treatment. It is possible, albeit difficult, to slow down the progression and there should be comprehensive efforts to that effect. Live-in dementia care can and should be an integral part of the entire approach to attend to the needs of the person and aiding their treatment.
Live-in dementia care would include everything your loved one may need. The caregiver would take care of preparing food, washing dishes and other utensils, laundry, ironing and other household chores. The caregiver would take care of the usual errands and be prepared for emergencies as well. Caregivers who live at the residence of patients suffering from dementia help them with routine medicines, exercises or therapies as may have been recommended by the doctor, assistance while bathing and dressing as well as toileting, support to move around in the house and at times beyond to previously selected destinations, help with getting up and sitting, standing or sleeping if required, feeding and walking as well as caring for a pet if there is one.
Live-in dementia care is truly holistic. It can definitely be partial. There is no rule that requires caregivers to do everything, but the scope of service determined at the outset and agreed upon would be binding. Every person diagnosed with dementia does not have the same needs. The needs must be understood and accordingly one must attend to them, which is quite difficult in scenarios where various caregivers are looking after many people. Having only one caregiver being with your loved one every day and night will help in better understanding of the exact nature of dementia, how it is progressing, and the care can be personalised accordingly. Live-in dementia care is indeed imperative considering the significance and far-reaching effects.