Dementia Home Care Tips


Your Top Alzheimer’s Questions Answered by the Professionals at Hired Hands Homecare

Posted on September 12th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Benefits of Home Care, Dementia. No Comments

Our Santa Rosa, CA in-home care specialists share information on Alzheimer’s disease.

Facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease in a senior loved one raises a multitude of questions: Is it truly Alzheimer’s, or could it be another type of dementia? What’s the cause of Alzheimer’s? What treatment possibilities are there? And how is it diagnosed, anyway? With our comprehensive experience in caring for those who have Alzheimer’s, Hired Hands Homecare’s Santa Rosa, CA in-home care team has collected responses to some of the most frequent questions we receive:

What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Researchers don’t yet fully realize what causes Alzheimer’s disease. However, chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, diet, exercise, and social engagement may possibly have an effect on whether or not an individual develops Alzheimer’s.
What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
Dementia is the symptom and … Read More »



Dementia Home Care Strategies: How to Respond to Hallucinations and Illusions

Posted on July 18th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's, Benefits of Home Care, Caregivers. No Comments

For family members providing dementia home care for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease or another kind of dementia, a number of complex effects have to be very carefully handled, but perhaps the most overwhelming consist of hallucinations, illusions, and suspicions that other individuals are out to cause him problems or ill will. False perceptions such as these arise typically in the more advanced phases of progressive dementia as a result of changes within the brain. It’s essential to first recognize the reasons behind these emotions and behaviors, and to deal with the root cause.

Hallucinations/Illusions

Causes for hallucinations may perhaps be the result of a general confusion, a medicine side effect or an infection. Seek advice from the doctor to rule out medication side effects or infections, but also monitor the person’s environment.

For example:

If the person keeps hearing someone talking: Is a … Read More »