OTTAWA DEMENTIA CARE: CUSTOM-MATCHED & LOVING CARE IN THE COMFORT OF HOME
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Dementia Care Ottawa
Caring for a loved one suffering from dementia can be overwhelming, yet being able to provide proper dementia care is essential for both your peace of mind and the health of your loved one. Qualicare understands dementia 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 Dementia to stay at home safely with the dignity and attention they deserve.
Dementia is a universally-known term, but not many know that it is actually an umbrella term that refers to a collection of symptoms related to the decline in memory and mental abilities — it is not a condition in and of itself. There are many forms and causes of dementia — the two main forms being Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular dementia (the former occurs following a stroke).
In order to qualify as dementia, at least two of these vital mental functions must be impaired to the point where they negatively impact a person’s ability to live their everyday lives.
- Visual perception
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.