Is Round-the-Clock Dementia Care Right for Your Loved One?

A woman contemplates whether round-the-clock dementia care is right for her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Discover if round-the-clock dementia care is the right step in your Alzheimer’s care journey.

Taking good care of a loved one with dementia requires continual adaptation to the individual’s changing needs. As the condition progresses, there comes a point when round-the-clock dementia care becomes not only beneficial but essential for ensuring the safety, well-being, and good quality of life for the person.

Listed below are key indicators that signal the appropriateness of transitioning to round-the-clock dementia care:

Safety Concerns: One of the primary reasons for considering 24-hour care is an increase in safety concerns. Wandering, forgetting to turn off appliances, or experiencing challenges with activities of everyday living increases the risk for injuries or accidents.

Sleep Disturbances: As dementia progresses, sleep patterns often become disrupted. Nighttime confusion, wandering, or agitation can lead to sleep deprivation for both the individual and you as their caregiver, impacting overall health and well-being.

Inability to Perform Basic Tasks: When the person begins to struggle with basic tasks such as dressing, bathing, or eating, 24-hour care ensures regular support for these activities, promoting dignity and empowering the person to maintain the highest possible quality of life.

Decline in Physical Health: Dementia can impact a person’s physical health, resulting in challenges with mobility, coordination, and self-care. Round-the-clock care ensures prompt assistance with any physical needs which could arise.

Medical Monitoring Requirements: Some people with dementia might have underlying health conditions that necessitate regular monitoring. Continuous care allows for close observation of medical needs and timely intervention.

Frequent Hospitalizations: If the person is experiencing frequent hospitalizations due to complications related to dementia, 24-hour care could be necessary to provide consistent monitoring and preventive measures.

Communication Barriers: Advanced dementia often leads to communication difficulties. Professional caregivers experienced in communicating with those with dementia can enhance the person’s overall quality of life and minimize frustration.

Caregiver Burnout: The demands of providing care for someone with dementia can be overwhelming. If you are experiencing exhaustion or other signs of caregiver burnout or depression, it could be an indicator that 24-hour care is necessary.

Increased Behavioral Challenges: Agitation, aggression, or challenging behaviors may intensify as dementia progresses. Professional caregivers trained in managing these behaviors can provide a more secure environment and prevent potential harm.

Note that if the individual’s behaviors are causing you or the individual to be at risk of harm, it’s a good idea to explore care home options, where multiple caregivers are readily available to ensure everyone’s safety.

At Serenity Home Care, we provide specialized dementia care from skilled, trained, and experienced care professionals, customized to the needs of the individual. In the early stages of the disease, this might mean just a couple hours of help and support. As the disease progresses, we can increase the amount of care to ensure safety and comfort, up to and including around-the-clock care.

Contact us online or call us any moment at 250.590.8098 to learn more about our in-home dementia care in Saanich, Langford, Sidney, or the surrounding communities.