All of us who have dedicated our lives to working with the elderly and improving their quality of life are only too familiar with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. We walk side by side on a daily basis with the courageous older adults and their families who are impacted by Alzheimer’s, and are encouraged by the latest research developments that seem to be drawing us ever nearer to the hope of a cure.
The report 2014 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures, however, presented some sobering facts for women and the disease. Not only are women far more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men (with one in six women over the age of 65 being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s during their lifetime, compared with one in 11 men), but they’re also more likely to be the primary caregivers for a loved one with the disease.
For the primary caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, life is dramatically impacted in a variety of ways, including the potential need to cut back on work, lose benefits or leave a job altogether. This is over and above the physical and emotional toll the disease exacts on the caregiver!
Based on current research, the disease is now considered to be about the third leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s is also one of the most expensive disease states due to the constant care people need as the disease progresses.
With Nightingale Home Care, however, you can take comfort in knowing that we’re battling the complications faced by those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers head-on! We’re equipping our staff with the latest knowledge and skills to provide compassionate, professional, respectful care, and allowing them to remain in their homes. Each and every one of our caregivers is trained in how to manage the most common challenging behaviors seen in those with Alzheimer’s disease through our Connections dementia care program. In fact, we’re the only Phoenix home care agency providing certified Alzheimer’s Whisperer® care. And, all care is always supervised by a registered nurse.
Don’t face the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease alone; contact us any time at 602-504-1555 and allow us to journey beside you through the ups and downs of life with Alzheimer’s, and find fulfillment and purpose each step along the way!