When Should You Change Dementia Home Care

Dementia home care should always be personalized and there must be lucid objectives. The objectives should be quantifiable. It is futile to have goals that cannot be assessed or measured in any way. There has to be some kind of progress. Since dementia is incurable in almost every case, the objective is not full recovery but overall wellbeing, successful management, and regulation of symptoms, some improvements in memory and cognitive functions, a sense of joy or happiness and all basic needs being taken care of. If any of these objectives are not met, it is time to change your choice of dementia home care.

It should be noted that frequent changes do not augur well for a person suffering from dementia. This makes the switches rather challenging, not only for the patient but also for the family. The job of the caregiver is also complicated and frequent changes or abrupt moves will make it harder for them. It takes every caregiver some time to get familiar with the specific needs of a patient. A patient will also need some time to do well with a caregiver. These real challenges make it imperative to thoroughly research and meticulously choose the caregiver and to define the scope of dementia home care.

Every family needs to give a caregiver some time before assessing their impact on the life and wellbeing of the patient. However, there may be concerning developments in a short span of time that will warrant a change. It is not uncommon for dementia patients to be complete at unease with a caregiver. The severity of the adverse development should serve as the criterion to decide whether or not to change the caregiver. The decision has to be taken after a holistic assessment. It cannot be an abrupt choice or an impulsive move.