Dementia with Love™
Until there’s a cure, we help improve the lives of local families living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia by providing compassionate care with our program DEMENTIA WITH LOVE ™ and Dementia trained CNAs and ongoing advice or support for families by our very own Dementia Practitioner & Trainer Dawn Wiggins.
Caring for a patient with Dementia and Alzheimer’s can be demanding and stressful, but you don’t have to do it alone. We at PVHC recognize the need for patients to be in the comfortable and familiar environment of their own home and to create a loving, caring environment that assures their safety and enhances their sense of dignity
In the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the patient may still be high functioning, but needs some help with tasks. In advanced stages, patients may require around-the-clock supervision and full-time care.
Ways We Can Help Support You:
- Support existing cognitive ability with mental stimulation and social integrations
- Reminders for medications and appointments
- Monitoring to maximize safety and comfort
- Help with household chores like laundry and light housekeeping
- Assistance with hygiene such as bathing, dressing, and grooming
- Promote health with meal preparation and physical exercise
What sets us apart is Our CNAs strive to do engagement activities for at least 30 minutes a day.
Our Proprietary Program DEMENTIA WITH LOVE™ teaches a compassionate approach to care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia clients that is flexible, creative, and easy for caregivers to learn.
During the Dementia With Love™ training sessions, caregivers learn a unique curriculum of strategies on how to effectively manage challenging behaviors associated with dementia, like:
- Safety issues
- Inappropriate behavior
- And more
With this specialized training, our caregivers are uniquely equipped to assist the families of our Alzheimer’s and dementia clients by helping them understand and apply the Dementia With Love™ techniques with their loved ones.
But we don’t stop there. Because we understand those engagement activities are pivotal in quality of life. Our caregivers strive to do engagement activities for at least 30 minutes a day with our specialized activities guidebook and outline of best practices.
We here at PV Home Care believe our caregivers should be trained in Dementia Care.
Why? Because 1 in 6 of all people over the age of 80 have dementia. People living with dementia require special care to attend to the many challenges they experience visually, verbally, and in touch. Our training emphasizes proven techniques for successful communications and interactions with Dementia patients.
The problem is many home care agencies claim their caregivers have dementia training, but we believe a 30-minute video or 2-page article is not adequate training. That is not up to our standards of care.
Beaches Home Care understands that hands-on experience and skillful care are required. That’s why we have our very own Personalized Dementia Care Proprietary Program Dementia With Love™.
We proudly present Dawn Wiggins RPN, author, speaker, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and experienced and trained in the Teepa Snow Method. Where she provides hands-on dementia care training on how the brain changes, the challenges, managing and creating a comforting presence with dementia care patients with unique techniques.
Dawn leads our caregivers in training and is personally available for support to our very own clients at no extra charge.
Call Us Today to Discover How We Can Meet the Needs Of Your Loved One!
There are 7 stages of dementia
Stages of Dementia
Usually, dementia goes through these stages. But it may vary depending on the area of the brain that’s affected.
Stage 1: No impairment
Everyone starts at stage 1 with no symptoms of cognitive impairment. Mental function is normal.
Stage 2: Very mild cognitive decline
Stage 2 can vary between typical age-related memory problems that most seniors face, such as forgetting specific dates or slower recall of a name or word. Or this stage could include some of the beginning signs of dementia that are often not obvious to doctors and loved ones. Some of the side effects that correspond with stage 2 include:
- Forgetting everyday phrases or names
- Forgetting the location of important objects (misplacing eyeglasses or car keys)
Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline
Stage 3 is where dementia or Alzheimer’s disease symptoms can become more noticeable to friends and family. This stage will not have a major impact on your loved one’s everyday life, but signs can include:
- The trouble with complex tasks and problem-solving
- Memory loss and forgetfulness
- Asking the same question repeatedly
- Diminished work performance
- Poor concentration and disorganization
- Struggles with driving or getting lost
Stage 4: Moderate cognitive decline
Stage 4 is commonly defined as early dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms of cognitive decline are apparent, and your loved one should be consulting with a health care professional. Signs at this stage include:
- Social withdrawal
- The trouble with routine tasks
Stage 5: Moderately severe cognitive decline
Stage 5 is when your loved one is likely to need help with routine tasks, like dressing or bathing. They may require a home caregiver or to move to a memory care community. Other symptoms include:
- Memory loss of personal details and current events
- Reduced mental acuity and problem-solving ability
Stage 6: Severe cognitive decline
Also known as middle dementia or moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease, stage 6 will find your loved one requiring help for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as bathing, toileting, or eating. This stage may include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Repetitive or obsessive behavior
- Increased paranoia or delusions
- Difficulty recognizing loved ones
Stage 7: Very severe cognitive decline
Stage 7 is severe Alzheimer’s disease or late-stage dementia. Your loved one cannot care for themselves, may experience severe motor and communication impairment, and may lose the ability to speak or walk
Complimentary In-Home Assessment
After your complimentary in-home assessment with our Registered Nurse, she will carefully hand select a caregiver for your approval. We here at Beaches Home Care have a reputation for finding the perfect caregiver for you and we back that up with our 45-day happiness guarantee.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Beaches Home Care different from other agencies?
Beaches Home Care is committed to providing you with the best communication and customer service in the industry. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. We offer free in-home consultations performed by our Registered Nurse.
Choosing private duty in-home care can be a very emotional and confusing experience. We do our best to walk you through the process and help refer the best caregiver to care for you or your loved one.
What is an HHA/CNA?
HHA stands for Home Health Aide. They have received training from an accredited institute reviewing many of the skills required to safely care for an individual. CNA stands for Certified Nursing Aide. CNA’s receive training that review the skills necessary to safely care for an individual but are also state certified. The certification that Certified Nurses Aides have is a state certification and is important largely for state funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Privately HHA’s and CNA’s function interchangeably. Both HHA’s & CNA’s are referred to as caregivers.
Are your caregivers bonded?
Yes, Beaches Home Care has a policy through Lloyds of London to bond all caregivers.
Are your services covered by MediCare?
Is there a minimum number of hours?
Beaches Home has a minimum of 4 hours for companion care and 6 hours for CNA’s .
Am I locked into a contract?
No, you are not locked into a contract. We have a service agreement outlining payment terms, and details of services, but you may cancel anytime with just six hours’ notice.
Do you accept Long Term Care Insurance Policies?
Because we are a state licensed agency, we are able work together with any insurance company to complete the documentation they require and provide them with the paperwork necessary to process your claim. Every Long-Term Care Insurance Policy is different and may have specific requirements that must be met before they will pay for care.