Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that affects normal brain function, befalls nearly 5.4 million Americans, 25,000 of which are living in Maine. Although nearly half of people over age 85 may have Alzheimer’s disease, this is not a normal part of aging. Experts do not know what causes the disease, but what is known is that a person’s memory and thinking skills start to degenerate, usually slowly at first, by the death of a large number of nerve cells in the brain. Over time, the loss of memory, judgment, and mobility become increasingly worse. If you’re searching for Maine Alzheimer’s care, or just starting to do your research, consider MAS Home Care of Maine for your needs or the needs of the loved one.
Things a person could once do are no longer possible with Alzheimer’s. They lose the ability to drive, read, feed themselves, and even remember family member’s names. Understandably they may become easily confused, worried, frustrated, or angry. Eventually it becomes dangerous for that person to care for themselves. They must rely on family, friends, or nursing home staff for daily care.
Over 15 million men and women make up the total of unpaid family members and friends who take on the role of caregiver for these patients. The disease is difficult for everyone involved, which is why agencies like MAS Home Care can be a welcomed support system. Providing care for an elderly parent can be stressful. Add Alzheimer’s disease into the mix and the stress increases.
By hiring professionals from MAS Home Care, who specialize in Alzheimer’s care, you are receiving services that benefit everyone in the household. Caregivers are receiving understanding support and much needed relief, while the patient gets high quality care from individuals trained to meet their individualized needs. Patients need not enter a nursing home to receive this care. They are able to remain in the homes and still be in a safe environment.
Caregivers employed by MAS Home Care may include personal care service providers, personal support specialists, certified nursing assistants, or licensed nursing assistants. The caregiver will provide assistance to the patient in personal chores like bathing, dressing, feeding, medication reminders and also attending doctors’ appointments. She or he will run errands for the patient, for example grocery shopping, prescription pick up and so on. Most importantly the caregiver will provide safety, security, and compassion.
If you are in search of Maine Alzheimer’s care, call MAS Home Care for a consultation. Home health care could be just the option you are looking for.
MAS Home Care of Maine (Portland and Lewiston areas)
21 Saco Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
MAS Home Care of Maine (Bangor and Machias areas)
360 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401