Dementia Including Alzheimer's Care at Home

Caring for Someone with Dementia in Pittsburgh, PA? 5 Tips for Caregivers.

Many times, a dementia diagnosis can come with uncertainty about type, what progression will look like and next steps for the patient. Dealing with the uncertainty by bringing structure and activity to the daily routine can be a good way of preparing for onset as well as lifting the spirits of your loved one and the family. In addition to uncertainty, a close family member is often identified as a primary caregiver.  While it is understood this is the role that family plays in care, it is also important to recognize that caring for someone with dementia is all-consuming work.  It can be rewarding but also dangerous for the caregiver if roles and responsibilities are not distributed between more than one family member.  

Alliance for Aging research notes the following as signs of caregiver stress:

  • Anger at the loved one
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Sleeplessness
  • Health problems

At Barberry Ridge Home Health we recognize caregiver stress and the need for primary caregiver respite as well as a distribution of care responsibilities. We understand these caregiving roles are not clearly defined within families.  They are more often assumed so it can be a surprise when the primary caregiver needs additional help or a break.  To meet these family needs, we offer both regular and scheduled care as well as respite care so those primarily providing care can get the rest they need.  

With regard to the loved one, we feel no one should be defined by the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. That’s why we focus on providing clients with meaning and purpose. By taking a person-first approach to care, we foster a feeling of personal belonging for each individual.  We meet each person where they are and understand that the relationship is more important than the task.

Unsure about the right kind of care needed for you or your loved one?  Contact Barberry Ridge Home Health for an in-home assessment.  Our staff of nurses and caregivers would love to help.

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in doing.
— Mother Theresa