Dementia is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the brain. If you’ve been diagnosed with this condition, medical providers may recommend palliative care to help your whole family. Here’s what to know about this compassionate approach to health care.

How Does Palliative Care Benefit People With Dementia?

This service strives to relieve symptoms and make the patient as comfortable as possible. The approach employs a team of doctors, nurses, and social workers trained to improve your quality of life. For example, a palliative approach might include pain medication and medical checkups to monitor the progression of the disease. The team constantly collects information about symptoms to adjust the care regimen as the disease changes.

palliative careIn the moderate and severe stages of dementia, many patients become confused when performing everyday tasks, like cooking and paying bills. If necessary, nurses can provide in-home assistance to support you with these activities.

How Does It Help Affected Families?

Having a loved one with dementia can be stressful and difficult, especially in the late stages. Professionals can support and educate your family members to reduce the psychological and emotional strain they face.

For example, nurses and social workers can help your family understand what to expect during each stage of the condition and how to effectively communicate with you. Being able to recognize when you’re hungry, upset, or cold will help them keep you as comfortable as possible if you develop speech difficulties. Knowing the palliative care team is available to help your family respond to emergencies and make health care decisions will minimize stress for everyone.

 

With five locations throughout New York, Lifetime Care provides in-home care and support throughout the Finger Lakes region. Their exceptional level of service and commitment to their patients has earned them recognition as a Top Agency by HomeCare Elite® on several occasions, so you can trust their staff to provide the best assistance available. Visit their website to learn more about palliative care, or call (585) 214-1000 to discuss your family's needs.