Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia can be incredibly challenging, especially for a new or advanced diagnosis. To best serve you and your loved one, our team takes a tailored approach to assist individuals living with Alzheimer's or one of the other dementias. Our experienced caregivers are adept at providing personalized attention to individuals living with these conditions, maximizing their quality of life and maintaining their well-being. PSWs can manage feelings of disorientation, not being understood, agitation, responsive behaviours, or exit-seeking. We understand the challenges of these conditions and work closely with families to ensure the best possible care for their loved ones.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is an overarching term that describes a group of symptoms associated with cognitive decline, affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities. While Alzheimer's accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases, the other main form of dementia is vascular dementia, which typically follows a stroke. Common signs encompass memory lapses, difficulty in problem-solving, and challenges in language and communication. There can also be shifts in mood, increased confusion, and difficulty following storylines. As each type of dementia presents its unique set of challenges, tailored care by trained individuals can make all the difference.

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive neurological disorder and the most common form of dementia. It predominantly affects memory, thinking skills, and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Early signs include forgetfulness, especially recent events or conversations, difficulty completing familiar tasks, and confusion regarding time and place. As the disease advances, symptoms become more pronounced, with individuals facing challenges in communication, disorientation, and changes in behaviour. The emotional and physical toll on affected individuals and their families is significant, necessitating compassionate and specialized care.

Does Your Loved One Need Help?

Caring for a family member or loved one living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia is an immense undertaking. As the disease progresses, their needs increase exponentially. We understand the duty families feel to their loved ones, and we’re not here to interfere with that. Instead, our team is available to provide professional and much-deserved support.

Do you find it challenging to soothe your loved one during moments of confusion?
Did they suffer a fall lately?
Have there been instances of aggressive behaviour from them?
Have you received calls at your workplace about your parent wandering off?
Are you concerned about your capability to provide care for them at home?

If you are feeling concerned about any recent changes, it may be time to seek support. Let us bear some of the responsibility while ensuring your family receives the care, compassion, and help they deserve.

Home Care Services Tailored To You

At Compass Homecare, we recognize that every individual with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia has a unique story and set of needs, and we are devoted to honouring their personal journey. Our approach to care is rooted in empathy, respect, and deep understanding. Our highly trained Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Care Managers are not just health professionals; they are steadfast companions who are committed to enhancing our clients’ lives. With comprehensive assessments, we tailor our services to align with the personal preferences, medical requirements, and lifestyle of each individual.

This custom care plan, rich in detail, aims to optimize quality of life, ensuring safety and security, while fostering as much independence as possible. People possess the extraordinary ability to channel memories from their early life. While names and dates can be difficult for individuals living with dementia, music and stories from their childhood can stimulate their minds in a unique, personal way. Through meaningful activities like listening to music and reading stories from our clients’ early years, we can stimulate their minds further. Additionally, our PSWs engage our client’s minds with stimulating activities like memory games, word searches, card games, puzzles, and others to keep their minds active.

Our dedicated team becomes an extension of our clients’ families, working in harmony to create a nurturing environment that promotes joy, satisfaction, and dignified living. At Compass Homecare, your loved one is our loved one, too.

Supportive Memory Care

With extensive experience in assisting individuals with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, we know how challenging and emotional this journey can be. We focus on personal connections, which guide our skilled caregivers in offering memory care that:

Respects the person your loved one is
Encourages social connections and interactions
Engage in meaningful activities to keep their minds active
Ensures a secure and safe living space
Adapts to the evolving behaviours associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
Establishes a regular routine to help avoid responsive behaviours and other memory loss-related reactions
Helps lessen feelings of isolation and sadness

What We Offer…

  • Personalized Care Plans: Comprehensive assessments to tailor care according to individual needs and preferences.
  • Highly Trained PSWs and Care Managers: Compassionate and qualified professionals providing consistent and specialized care.
  • Nurse Managed Care. A specialized care plan with a dedicated nurse as the central point of contact for clients and families, ensuring monitored progress and care.
  • Safety and Security Measures: Home safety assessments and suggested modifications to prevent falls and ensure a safe living environment.
  • Medication Management: Assistance with medication reminders and administration.
      • Daily Living Assistance: Help with activities such as bathing, toileting, dressing, meal preparation, and grooming.
      • Cognitive Stimulation: Engaging activities designed to stimulate awareness and memory retention.
      • Emotional and Social Support: Providing companionship, reducing feelings of isolation, and fostering meaningful interactions.
      • Family Respite and Support: Offering family members a break with the assurance that their loved one is in safe, expert hands.
      • Mobility Assistance: Help with transferring, walking, and promoting physical activity as appropriate.
          • Nutrition and Hydration Monitoring: Ensuring clients are well-nourished and hydrated while accommodating special dietary needs.
          • Behavioral Management: Training to handle behavioural challenges with patience and skill, reducing family stress.
          • 24/7 Support: Continuous monitoring and support, ensuring peace of mind for family members.
          • End-of-life Care Coordination: Collaborative work with healthcare professionals for a dignified and comfortable end-of-life care process.
          • Education and Resources for Families: Providing families with the knowledge and tools they need to better understand and cope with their loved one's condition.

            At Compass Homecare, the focus is not just on the clinical needs of clients but on creating an environment of respect, love, and quality living, allowing Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients to age gracefully and securely in the comfort of their own homes in the Greater Toronto Area.

            Let us know how we can help you and your family. Call us today!

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