Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia can be challenging — and may feel like it’s only getting more difficult. As your loved one ages, you may find yourself with growing concerns about how well they remember things, how they behave, or whether they are thinking clearly.
Is your loved one having difficulty with memory, language, problem solving, or even how well they see things in their head (called spatial reasoning)? It is important that their doctor evaluate them to see whether they have Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
VNS Health offers expert care to those living with dementia, and support for their caregivers. We know that the right support can help your loved one stay and age in their home and community, where they feel safe, for as long as possible.
How VNS Health Can Help
Provide Companionship and Continuity
Having meaningful relationships is important as we get older — and a familiar face is especially important to people with memory problems.
Our team of home health aides can offer companionship and consistency to your loved one. With regular visits and quality time, your loved one can really get to know the aide that partners with your family, creating a strong bond and lasting friendship.
When you’re giving all of yourself to a loved one with dementia, you might feel like you have no time for yourself. You might feel guilty just going to the coffee shop because you’re worried about your loved one’s safety in your absence.
VNS Health is here not just to care for your loved one but also to help you care for yourself. With regular visits from a home health aide, you can more confidently take much-needed time to rest and restore.
Whether you need time to shop, take a nap, or do something you love — you can with the support of a VNS Health team member, you can.
We’re here to make your job as a caregiver easier and to help you feel more supported throughout your loved one’s entire health journey.
Offer Daily Support and Medical Care
Your loved one may have other health needs that go beyond dementia care. VNS Health can help coordinate your loved one’s care to ensure they receive the full range of support and services they need.
For example, if you worry about your loved one’s ability to prepare food safely, a home health aide can provide peace of mind. For additional medical needs (like wound care, physical therapy, or injections your loved one may need), a VNS Health home care nurse can offer support.
Care for someone with dementia isn’t one-size-fits-all, and our goal is to ensure that your loved one has the right team to support their unique needs now and as their condition changes.
Provide Education to Caregivers
VNS Health provides resources, education, and support to caregivers to help you better manage your loved one’s dementia.
A nurse or social worker on your loved one’s care team can help you understand:
- The progression and symptoms of your loved one’s disease
- Techniques for caring for and communicating with your loved one
- How to manage difficult behaviors such as wandering, aggression, agitation, and sundowning ( the agitation, irritability, confusion, or restlessness that tends to occur as it gets dark out)
- Home safety risks and management
- How to promote positive behaviors in your loved one
Help You Determine Next Steps
As your loved one’s disease advances, you may be unsure about what the next best steps are in their care. Your VNS Health home health aide can help monitor your loved one’s condition and is trained to recognize any changes that should be brought to a nurse’s or doctor’s attention.
Eventually, you and your family may need to decide whether in-home care is still the best option for your loved one. The decision to move your loved one to a nursing home or to make the transition from in-home care to hospice care can be a tough one. VNS Health can help you look at your options and determine when a change in your loved one’s level of care may be best.
Is Dementia Care Covered by Insurance?
If you have Medicaid, long-term care (including home health aides) is covered up to a certain number of hours per week. Medicare does not cover long-term care.
Private health insurance may also cover some home services, but these vary from plan to plan and may not cover nonmedical needs such as cooking and companionship. It’s important to check your policy or check with your insurance company about your benefits and coverage.
If insurance doesn’t cover your loved one’s needs, VNS Health offers private care options.