There’s no such thing as a perfect caregiver. That’s just the simple fact of it – we’re all humans and sometimes make mistakes. Caregiving can sometimes be very difficult, especially if the person you’re providing care for has a disease such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Providing care for these individuals is probably one of the most challenging, since the disease affects the person’s ability to communicate with us and forgetfulness can be quite frustrating for the caregiver.
Family Caregiver Alliance has a helpful article called Ten Real-Life Strategies for Dementia Caregiving, which goes in depth about the different probelems that may arise when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and offers suggestions on how to better handle each situation. “Unfortunately, dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias is counter-intuitive; often the right thing to do is exactly opposite that which seems like the right thing to do.”
Another article on the Huffington Post by Kathryn Halanger titled New Strategies for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Help Family Caregivers, Too talks about how studies have shown that “…providing simple comforts to those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia such as encouaging patients to carry a doll, eating chocolate when it makes sense to them or creating familiar daily rituals like stocking and restocking a tackle box, engages and calms patients, and improves their erratic behavior,” Halanger says. So finding out what the individual’s interests are by the questions they ask you and other interactions can help you create daily activities that may have some sort of connection to their past.
At A-1 Home Care, we’re always hiring experienced and compassionate Alzheimer’s Caregivers, nurse aides, and companions as well as caregivers who have experienced with other types of care including After Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Incontinence Care, and Hospice Care. We have employment opportunities for caregivers who are available for 24 hour live-in care or hourly part-time care. Our non-medical caregiver agency provides service all over Los Angeles County in cities such as Alhambra, Downey, Burbank, Glendora, Diamond Bar, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Torrance, Culver City, Brentwood, and others.
All of our caregivers must have prior experience, verifiable professional references, Tuberculosis testing, a National Background Check and DMV Check, Malpractice/Liability Insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff. We have been in business since 1991, have an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau, Shield Accreditation, and are members of the National Care Planning Council.
For more information, visit us at A-1 Jobs or CALL us today to set up an interview at 562-929-8400.