OTTAWA ALZHEIMER CARE: CUSTOM-MATCHED & LOVING CARE IN THE COMFORT OF HOME
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Alzheimer Care Ottawa
Caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming, yet being able to provide proper Alzheimers care is essential for both your peace of mind and the health of your loved one. Qualicare understands Alzheimer’s disease and we are here to help you navigate the stages of the disease while also allowing you to maintain a sense of well being. We are here to support you through this experience and help you become an informed and empowered caregiver.
We focus on care for the whole family so you can focus on your loved ones. Essentially, we take on the role of “professional son or daughter” allowing you to minimize your stress so you can enjoy quality time with your family and peace of mind knowing that Qualicare is involved.
NURSE MANAGED CARE
All of our care is managed by nurses to ensure we are providing the right care in the right way. Caregivers are thoroughly oriented with the right priorities and clear direction. Nurse Managers also provide ongoing professional monitoring, oversight and reviews of care in order to ensure the patient’s goals are achieved and the quality of service is maintained.
CONTINUITY OF CARE
We feel it is very important to offer a consistent caregiver that often develops a working relationship or bond that allows them first hand knowledge of each person’s behaviors, and how best to respond to them in a calm and effective manor. Having well-educated, consistent and experienced caregivers can allow a person with Alzheimer’s to stay at home safely with the dignity and attention they deserve.
About Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a challenging journey, for both the person diagnosed and their family members and loved ones. People with Alzheimer’s generally advance through increasingly debilitating stages, each requiring more involved levels of care.
Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common form of dementia, is characterized by cognitive decline and memory loss that greatly interferes with daily life. Dementia progressively weakens the thought processing abilities causing communication problems and drastic changes in mood and behavior.
Alzheimer’s disease has a large impact on the whole family. It steals our loved ones a little more each day. Qualicare Ottawa can assist by lessening the impact by helping families provide the Alzheimer’s or dementia care they need.
A Frequently Asked Question: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia — are they the Same?
The short answer is no.
Here is the longer explanation: Dementia describes a set of symptoms of mental degradation such as loss of memory, loss of reasoning power, and confusion, and these symptoms are serious enough to affect a person’s ability to live independently. Dementia may be caused by various factors. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the name of a disease that affects the brain and is the reason behind the vast majority (2/3 or more) of dementia cases. That’s why we often hear these two terms, AD and Dementia, mentioned at the same time.
Dementia can be the result of other diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease or something called vascular dementia.
A major difference between dementia and Alzheimers is the progression. Dementia may or may not worsen or progress depending on the issues that initially caused the dementia symptoms. An example of this is when a patient has had several Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA’s) or a stroke may develop Vascular Dementia, but it should not worsen unless the patient has another stroke or condition that affects the brain. Alzheimer’s Disease always progresses.
If you wonder whether someone has dementia, consult your doctor, who can use a series of tests to assess a person’s mental functions. Although the dementia cause may be unknown, the local Alzheimer’s Society—there is one in most cities—can provide the proper resources to help you out.
Qualicare Ottawa’s nurses are also knowledgeable about dementia and its causes. We have provided care and comfort to many clients affected by dementia, whatever the cause. Please reach out to one of our nurses by calling 613.366.2899, and we’ll answer your questions and help out in whatever way we can.