alzheimers diseaseIf your loved one needs access to specialized care because of Alzheimers disease or dementia, you might be wondering what they’ll do for your loved one. The amount of attention a caregiver offers depends on the needs of the individual, but they all perform the same basic functions to help your loved one live their best life.

Here are some of the ways a specialized care facility and caregivers can help your loved one.

They craft a care plan

As mentioned before, the needs of the individual will determine the amount of help your loved one will require. If your loved one is fairly autonomous, their caregiver may simply ensure that they’re taking their medication and help with simple activities, like dressing in the morning. For people who need more intensive care, the caregiver will craft a plan to better suit their needs.

Keep in mind that the care plan can change along with the health of the individual. As Alzheimers disease progresses, the individual may need more support as time goes on. It’s up to the specialist to monitor their health and make changes accordingly.

They monitor medication

Monitoring medication is one of the most essential functions of a specialized caregiver. After a medical plan is crafted, sticking to it is the best way to keep your loved one safe and healthy. The caregiver will make sure your loved one is receiving the correct and proper dose of medication and track any necessary changes.

They help with daily tasks and basic needs

A caregiver will make sure your loved one’s basic needs are met when they’re in a memory care unit. This means that they may offer assistance for bathing and dressing your loved one, helping them eat, and using the bathroom. Some may also help with basic housekeeping and home maintenance.

They serve as a companion

Along with performing essential duties, in the end, the specialized caregiver is meant to be a companion for your loved one. This includes going on walks, providing transport to fun locations, and offering a shoulder to cry on in times of hardship. They are called caregivers for a reason after all.

Up to 40% of residents in assisted living facilities will require help with more than three daily activities. Without the presence of a caregiver, the basics of living may seem out of reach. If you or a loved one requires specialized care due to Alzheimers disease or dementia, call Heritage Hills of Oceanside today for more information.