Alzheimer’s Disease/Memory Care Program

Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia? We can help!

Horizon Nursing Services offers a holistic approach to managing memory disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and all types of Dementia. We tailor our care to the individual needs of each client and their family. We will assist you in gaining control of the unique needs of your loved one.

Dementia is a loss of brain function occurring in certain diseases. It describes a group of symptoms that affect memory, judgment, concentration, and behavior. The symptoms can be severe enough that they interfere with daily functioning.

My mother, Sylvia S is a client of yours. Her experience with Horizon so far has been excellent and I’m pleasantly surprised at the degree to which your service has improved over the service we were using. People (healthcare professionals) had told me, “There’s only so much you can expect from someone who gets this kind of salary.”…Read More

Patricia R. 6-05-2009

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells. It affects memory, language skills, and often results in behavioral changes. Symptoms usually develop slowly, get worse with time and then eventually become severe enough to interfere with daily tasks and routines. As the disease progresses your loved one’s ability to maintain proper nutrition or complete their activities of daily living can be severely affected.

Let our caregivers help your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease continue to live in the comforts of their own home.

Our program is designed to care for your loved one’s unique needs. Our caregivers understand that the care of our seniors may change as they go through the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and are trained to adapt to their care needs.

Program Components

A thorough assessment will be completed by one of our licensed nurses to evaluate the level of care that the client needs. Communicating findings to the physician, and working closely with the family to develop a personalized plan of care are key factors to enhancing the quality of life of your loved one.

During our initial evaluation a thorough in home review will be conducted, ensuring the client can navigate safely in their environment. We will make necessary recommendations for in home modifications in order to maintain or increase safety. Our goal is to make sure your loved one is able to remain home in a safe environment.

Unintentional weight loss is very common among the elderly but especially those that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Our program includes monitoring both fluid and food intake. We will work with caregivers, families and clients to create methods to maintain adequate nutrition.

The ability to complete activities of daily living can become severely impaired. Our caregivers can ensure that your loved one’s hygiene needs are met during this time while maintaining their dignity. Seniors may have difficulties that range from being unable to make clothing selections to being unable to bathe themselves. Loss of coordination, decreased communication skills and frustration can make everyday tasks daunting. Our caregivers are trained to use consistent methods to assist our seniors through each activity of daily living.

Bathing is a complex activity of daily living. Our caregivers are trained to recognize client’s ability to participate in the bathing process. We simplify the process by preparing ahead of time which can alleviate frustration and fear. Frightened, disoriented individuals may not recognize the family or caregivers and become alarmed during the bathing routine. Horizon Nursing Services caregivers understand, they provide redirection, reassurance and communication to make the bathing experience dignified and safe.

An intricate part of our program is the introduction of tactile, auditory and sensory stimulation. A hand massage with scented lotion of your loved ones choice, soothing music or simply reading to your senior can be calming. We will utilize the history of client’s preferences to make appropriate reading and music selections.

Our team of professionals will carefully select a caregiver that is specifically trained in the care of clients with Alzheimer’s disease and other related Dementias. It is important to select the right caregiver in order to avoid client’s frustration and increased agitation. Our caregivers pride themselves in utilizing effective communication skills and managing behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.

You can get more information and support by visiting the Alzheimer’s Association or the Alzheimer’s Community Care website.

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