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Why Home Instead® Has Its Eye on Alzheimer's

Posted by Jason Vyhlidal , 10/2/2018 11:00 AM

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"How do I answer my mother when she asks to see her deceased parents?"


"My mom accuses people of not giving her food. What should we do?"


"How will we know when my mother needs full-time care?"

 

These questions all have one thing in common: they were asked by real family members caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia on the resource site, Help for Alzheimer's Families. They provide a glimpse at the possible questions families and caregivers may have and why training, education, and support may help when it comes to care.

 

According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2017 Fact and Figures Report, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. By 2050, this number could reach as high as 16 million. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia – more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

 

These figures indicate that in-home care professionals may likely encounter clients living with Alzheimer's or dementia. While there's currently no cure for these diseases, there is care and caring. Home Instead® believes the right care approach can help maintain a high quality of life even in the face of memory loss. Staying in the familiar surroundings of home can keep seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia feeling safe and loved. 

 

At Home Instead®, we have our eye on Alzheimer's and offer training, resources, and support to our franchise network and beyond. Here's how we're preparing the Home Instead Senior Care® network, families, and communities to be ready to care for people living with Alzheimer's and dementia.

 

Professional Training

As a member of our franchise network, franchise owners receive multi-phased training that covers specialized areas, including Alzheimer's and dementia care. Access to industry training resources, including web-based training for franchise owners, key staff, and CAREGivers℠, cover topics related to potentially minimizing symptoms and behaviors related to dementia.  

 

CAREGivers may also receive specialized training in Alzheimer's and dementia care. In collaboration with experts on Alzheimer's disease, Home Instead has created an awareness initiative for Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias called CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education®. This unique program helps equip CAREGivers deliver distinctive memory care based on research and experience.  Our CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® program focuses on the care and dignity of the person with dementia, and this relationship-centered approach enables CAREGivers to provide individualized care.

 

Home Instead's "Caregiver Support Webinar Series for Professionals" offers additional opportunities for professionals to receive free continuing education credits accreditation in cooperation with the American Society on Aging. Offered at no cost, participants can seek training on topics such as Alzheimer's and wandering, understanding the aging brain, and understanding symptoms of Alzheimer's.

 

Family Caregiver Resources

Home Instead also dedicates resource availability to help support the families that are caring for loved ones with dementia. Spouses and family members often are primary caregivers and look for resources to navigate dementia care situations. Home Instead provides a resource called "Help for Alzheimer's Families," a website dedicated to education, guidance and support for family caregivers. This online community covers frequently asked questions about Alzheimer's and dementia, online education, care options, and a monthly Live Chat featuring an expert. A complementary email series also provides support and care topics for family caregivers.

 

Dementia Homecare Grants are another resource offered through Hilarity for Charity® and the Home Instead Senior Care network. This program awards home care grants to those providing care to their loved ones living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias across the United States and Canada. Home Instead is honored to help families who may be unable to afford Alzheimer's care services or who simply need respite.

 

Individual franchises may use resources like these to help provide education and support to their clients and within their local community.

 

Outreach & Education

Franchises within the network can also leverage Home Instead's public education campaigns, tools, and partnerships. There often are opportunities for franchise participation, which may strengthen your brand within your community. The Alzheimer's Friendly Business℠ program is one resource franchise owners can use to build relationships within their community while helping to make their community more dementia-friendly. Home Instead's strong national and international partnerships within Alzheimer's and dementia organizations help create opportunities for franchise owners to participate in community rallies locally to support related causes.

 

At Home Instead, we are honored to have an opportunity help people living with dementia and their family caregivers and recognize the impact Alzheimer's and dementia can have on individuals and communities. We strive to provide CAREGivers, family members, and the larger community with the education and tools they need to be better prepared to care for those living with Alzheimer's.

 

Contact us to learn more or explore franchise ownership with the Home Instead Senior Care network.

 

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