Learning to care for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia can seem daunting at first, however, delivering the appropriate care for those with dementia will improve the physical and mental health of both your loved one and yourself.

At Qualicare, we understand that dealing with dementia can be overwhelming, especially when it is a new concept. Our team of experienced caregivers is here to guide you through each step of the disease with peace of mind. After working with us, you will be a confident and excellent caregiver for your loved one.

Family HomeCare

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

Not only do we value stability in the relationships we form with our patients, we believe in working hard towards developing a personal understanding of each individual’s behaviours. This way, we can adapt our course of action based on the unique needs and preferences of each person.

Our knowledgeable, reliable, and professional caregivers have the ability to give those living with dementia the chance to stay at home worry-free and get the quality care that they both need and deserve.

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 the two diseases is 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. 

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, there are many valuable resources out there 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 613.702.2655, and we’ll answer your questions and help out in whatever way we can.

Frequently Asked Questions:

A loved one is getting more and more forgetful. Do they have Alzheimer’s or dementia?

These are two completely different illnesses with a number of complications behind them. If you suspect that a loved one is showing symptoms of a cognitively degenerative disease, it’s best to schedule professional testing in a safe, supportive and integrity-focused environment to determine what’s really going on. Also, consider their medical history as past events such as strokes, Parkinson’s Disease and other illnesses can contribute to the onset of dementia in particular.

What if I think I can handle caring for a loved one myself?

We completely understand if you feel more comfortable looking after a loved one with dementia on your own. However, doing so is much more challenging and risk-prone than looking after someone without the illness. For your own safety and that of the affected individual, without proper certification and experience there is no way to be prepared for every complication that could arise. It’s less stressful and more proactive for everyone to work with certified caregivers with ample experience and the skills necessary to keep your loved one safe. Plus, you can support in your own special way by providing moral support and helping maintain social stimulation. By working together as a team, we can provide even better care.

What if I need urgent assistance?

Reach out to us straight away at Qualicare Ottawa. A Qualicare Nurse with experience in Dementia-Alzheimer’s Disease can provide a free assessment to help determine the seriousness of your loved one’s condition, customize a care plan, and map out a strategy with the family. Then we select compatible and skilled caregivers to ensure the fastest yet most proactive possible path forward to care for your loved one. Whenever you need us, we’ll be here for you—you’re not alone.

About Dementia

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.

  • Judgment/Reasoning
  • Memory
  • Communication
  • Attentiveness/focus
  • Visual perception

How We Can Help

Caring for a person with dementia can be overwhelming. We can help. Our educated and experienced caregivers understand these behaviors and can provide safe, personalized, nurse monitored care at home.

Our care managers are highly trained in dementia care. We increase quality of life by encouraging clients to live a normal life for as long as they can. To do this, we find coping strategies to overcome deficits when they arise, such as finding new activities when old activities can no longer be enjoyed. We encourage our clients to do as much for themselves as possible, giving assistance as needed and praises along the way.

Contact us for a free one-hour in-home assessment with a Qualicare Ottawa care manager. We’ll answer your questions and help ensure you receive the dementia care that your family needs. If you’re facing behaviours or issues related to dementia (including wandering, agitation, aggression, incontinence, and falls) we can offer experienced advice and coping strategies for day to day activities.

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