Should you Appoint an Independent Caregiver for Dementia Home Care

There are four types of dementia home care you may choose for your loved family member. You may choose a resident facility that will be their new home, or you may opt for day-care at their present residence. You may choose live-in dementia home care wherein a caregiver would effectively move to the house and stay there all the time. You may also choose to have day-care and then a caregiver who would be available through the night. Each of these options has its own merits and demerits. The demerits are mostly confined to convenience and monetary aspects. Any of these options may work well for your family member provided everything they need is taken care of.

Dementia home care is better than other options because a person does not have to leave their familiar setting and environment. They can live close to their loved ones and spend time with friends, neighbours and relatives. They do not have to adapt to a new routine and the family does not have to be in adherence to any rules or regulations as would be the case at a resident facility. The problem or rather the challenge of dementia home care is the limitations of a caregiver. You may appoint an independent caregiver who may not charge as much as a group of caregivers. You may appoint a dementia home care agency that would take care of all the needs but then you may not have an economic advantage as would be the case with an individual and independent or unassociated caregiver.

An independent caregiver may be completely committed and truly capable of attending to the needs of a patient diagnosed with dementia. However, the caregiver would not have access to other resources. It is quite possible for a caregiver to need some help from a nurse or doctor from time to time. It is also probable that the symptoms worsening over time will make the caregiver struggle to cope with them. Not every caregiver has the same expertise and experience. A team of caregivers can actually be more relevant in such a circumstance as the person who is capable of attending to the needs of the patient would be assigned at a given point in time. This may seem a little perplexing from the perspective of dementia home care as a caregiver is supposed to get familiar with the patient and their symptoms, but a progressive condition requires a novel approach.