memory loss. Confusion. Hike. Belligerence. Paranoia
These are just a few of the things caregivers can expect when they look after a family member with Alzheimer's or some other type of dementia.
"Even with these many potential challenges, it is important to remember that these behaviors are often coping with tactics for a person with worsening brain function," according to the Family Caregiving Alliance. "There is no question that dealing with these behaviors can make care especially difficult."
The already stressful requirements of nursing are exacerbated when it comes to dementia. It is all the more important that nurses seek help. Below are some of the resources available. Alzheimer's related organizations may also recommend other ways to find help.
Alzheimer's San Diego
A local charitable organization that supplies more than 84,000 San Diegans with Alzheimer's disease and 292,000 people who care for them ̵
Contact: (858) 492-4400; alzsd.org
Alzheimer's Association San Diego / Imperial
The local Chapter of the National Organization has a 24/7 helpline that can call carers with questions about illness, medication, treatment, brain health, and care resource options. Offered in 200 languages, the helpline also provides emotional support. The Alzheimer's Association offers care tips on how to get care and referrals for services. The site features a community resource finder, online learning aids in English and Spanish, and a calendar of local classes and information sessions.
Contact: (619) 678-8322; 24/7 helpline (800) 272-3900; www.alz.org/sandiego
Focusing on the needs of baby boomers and seniors, the AARP website provides comprehensive information and advice on the various care-related challenges for someone with Alzheimer's or others Dementia. It also has a useful, well-organized online guide to "help care for someone with dementia".
The Family Caregiver Alliance has a comprehensive fact sheet on care and dementia.
The National Institute on Aging website examines the many challenges faced by dementia caregivers and provides solutions and resources.
Choose Well San Diego
If the person with dementia is no longer able to live at home, they want to find a community that they can afford, and also provides quality care. Choose Well San Diego is a county-funded website that can help you compare more than 600 licensed assisted living and mind-control activities side by side. The Facility Finder is a searchable database that lists license information, capacity, pricing, SSI and financial assistance information, special care details, staffing levels, facilities, other on-site services, and more. Institutions voluntarily rated by Choose Well receive a profile page with a calculated score. The scores are based on 11 quality measures, including civilian penalties, primary care and supervision, residence rights, medical needs and responsiveness, and nutrition and nutrition. Quotes, violations, complaints, and other information about non-participating institutions can be obtained from the California Department of Social Services Community Services licensing department. (The records of licensed paid carers and adult day care centers can also be searched there.)
Contact: (619) 795-2165; choicewellsandiego.org
Take Me Home
Statistics show that six out of ten people with dementia wander. The San Diego County Sheriff Department's Take Me Home Program is a photo-based information system accessible to all law enforcement agencies in the region. It is designed to assist law enforcement in contacting members of the community who have autism, dementia, Alzheimer's, Down syndrome, deafness, developmental disorders or other special needs.
Registration on the San Diego Sheriff's Department website is free. For more information, contact Alzheimer's San Diego or a crime prevention specialist located at any sheriff's ward
The University of California San Diego, Shiley-Marcos Center for Alzheimer's Disease (ADRC)
One The primary focus of this ADRC is the study of the causes, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. But it also provides resources for people with Alzheimer's, their family and caregivers. The Center's programs include care groups (for Alzheimer's caregivers and non-Alzheimer's dementia nurses) and museum memorabilia, monthly lecturer tours in four Balboa Park art museums for people with mild to moderate dementia, and a companion friend
Contact: (858) 822-4800; adrc.ucsd.edu
Adult Day Care
San Diego County has a number of licensed adult-day programs for the cognitively impaired, which not only provide a safe, captivating place for someone with dementia to spend the day, It Provides
Elder-Proofing Your Home
San Diego County maintainers can request free or low-cost minor home modifications, such as the installation of hand grips, grab bars, smoke detectors, and handheld showerheads, from at least three non-profit organizations