Recent reports have indicated that over 15 million families in the U.S. have cared for a loved one with dementia. It is a widespread condition, with symptoms that are both emotionally and physically challenging, especially when caring for those with a more severe stage of dementia. In order to provide the best possible care, a variety of services and facilities have become available, such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, at-home dementia nurses.
For many residents in Wicomico County, MD, Coastal Home Care has been the trusted home care service for families in need of nurses and caregivers highly-experienced with patients that have dementia. We also excel at a number of caregiving services, including Hospice Support, Medication Management, and Elder Care. Our certified nursing staff is trained extensively to perform a “Plan of Care” evaluation to tailor their service to suit every patients’ needs.
Here are some key differences between the experience dementia patients have between getting care from facility nurses and an at-home nurses:
Bright, Familiar Spaces
One key difference between receiving care from an at-home nurse and another at a nursing facility is the environment in which your loved one will be cared for. While not all nursing facilities are like this, many have been found to be drab, dark, and rather confusing to navigate. For those living with dementia, these kinds of setting will likely cause frustration, confusion, and other negative emotions. On the other hand, at-home caregiving is more likely to provide these patients a more comfortable and familiar space to live in, which has shown to result in fewer doctor’s visits and health complications.
Consistency in Caregiving
Another significant distinction between facility and at-home caregiving for dementia patient is the difference in patient care systems. For nursing facilities, one nurse will mostly likely care for multiple patients at once, leaving gaps when each will be left unattended and at risk of getting lost or hurt. That doesn’t mean the nurses themselves are negligent, but simply overwhelmed by the number of patients they have to care for. However, at-home nurses are hired to provide personalized care for individual patients at certain scheduled times, ensuring that you loved one has all of their needs attended to.
Overall Quality of Life
Finally, at-home and facility nursing provides differing experiences for dementia patients in terms of their quality of life. Nursing facilities do provide several activities and amenities that patients would enjoy doing, such as playing their favorite music from their earlier years and taking them on walks through the facility’s grounds.
At-home caregivers can provide these as well, but with the added benefit of allowing more independence and variety. At-home patients are able to perform their daily routines without fear of injury or causing damage, as their caregiver accompanies them throughout their tasks. Also, as mentioned before, at-home care services also result in fewer health issues, thus indicating that it has a positive effect on patients’ quality of life.
Coastal Home Care: Reliable Dementia Nurses in Wicomico County, MD
There are a number of differences between facility and at-home nursing for patients with dementia. How much these matter depends on the particular situation surrounding your schedule, budget, and especially your loved one that is experiencing dementia.
At Coastal Home Care, we offer services for affordable dementia nurses, elder care nurses, and companion caregivers, all in order to make ourselves available to you and all customers throughout Wicomico County, Maryland. Our desire to ensure that patients with dementia, and their families, obtain the support they need to continue living happy, comfortable lives.
To learn more about our services, contact us at (866)-687-7307, as well as for a free estimate on our caregiving services