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Does Your Parent Have Dementia? When to Know It's Time for Home Care

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If you have a parent that has been diagnosed with dementia, they will eventually need help with their day-to-day activities. When this happens, you have many options to get them the care that they need. One of these options is hiring a home care service. This can be very beneficial for both you and your parent. Below is information on when it is time for home care and how they can help you.

When Is It Time for Home Care?

One of the first problems your parent will have is not being able to go to the bathroom on their own. They will eventually not realize they have to urinate or have a bowel movement. They will also have problems dressing and choosing the right type of clothing for the season. At this point, they may still have some of their memory left but still need help with their daily living activities. 

If your parent takes medications, they will eventually forget that they need to take them and how much of each medication they need to take. Your parent may get low on their medication and not realize it.

Also, your parent might not able to drive after a certain amount of time. This will result in them being at home much of the time. This can affect their dementia even more as they may become depressed. 

How Can Home Care Services Help?

A home care service can help your parent with all their daily activities, including bathing, brushing their teeth, going to the bathroom, and more. They will ensure they take their medication and know when it is time for a refill. Some home care services also clean the home and cook meals. 

The home care service will spend time with your parent talking with them. This will help your parent feel less isolated. The home care service can take your parent places, such as to the bank, the grocery store, to pick up their medication, and more. This gets your parent out of the house without you having to worry about them driving. 

If you currently take care of your parent, you may be struggling with giving them the right type of care. You may have other responsibilities such as a family or a job, and not have the time it takes to care for your parent. Instead, a home care service can do everything for you.

Talk with a few home care services in your area to help determine what they can offer you and your parent.