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Specialized Caregivers for Memory Loss

The need for meaningful activity and the connection of belonging is important for those affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia, your loved one may have difficulty concentrating, processing information and remembering simple items or tasks. In some cases, they may be able to care for themselves in certain ways for some time, but that independence will start to diminish as the months and years pass. When this occurs, it is essential that the appropriate level of in-home care is made available to ensure their continued health and well-being.

Alzheimer’s home care is provided by both non-medical and medical home care agencies. Guardian Community Health Systems specializes in providing highly qualified and compassionate caregivers for Elders with memory loss.

Efforts by family members to assist a loved one with dementia home care can be very frustrating, especially when confusion, withdrawal, wandering, or moody personality flashes occur. It is imperative that you seek supportive care if you feel unequipped to provide for a loved one with this diagnosis. We are available to discuss your options for Alzheimer’s home care so you are prepared when help is needed.

For more information, please review our Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Resources.

Dignified Disability Home Care

We understand that anyone needing assistance with disabilities desires to live a life no different than anyone else. Living with a mental or developmental disability can be manageable and simpler. Whether you are living or assisting a loved one with an acute or chronic condition, there are several support options available for disability care. Please understand that it is not uncommon nor is it a sign of giving up if you need to ask for supportive care.

Disability assistance can come in the form of in-home care support services to maintain a balanced and safe lifestyle. The professional caregivers we provide blend in as a friend, neighbor, or family member while providing non-medical companionship, personal care, and housekeeping support to adults with disabilities, thus enabling a broader range of activities, mobility, and independence.

If you have been recently diagnosed with or are living with a disability we can help. A disability caregiver can support adults with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Stroke Victims, Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Traumatic Brain Injury, and many other neurological, physical, and cognitive conditions. Dignified and compassionate care, this is our promise.

In Home Care for Individuals Living with ALS, MS And Parkinson’s

Guardian Community Health Systems specializes in providing comprehensive non-medical home care services to individuals suffering from a variety of neuromuscular conditions. Our network of dedicated, compassionate home care providers are committed to helping individuals suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS,) or Parkinson’s to live rich, fulfilling lives.

Living With ALS

Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a disorder of the motor nerves that results in significantly increased difficulty carrying out the day-to-day activities that so many people take for granted.

However, living with ALS doesn’t mean giving up your dignity and independence. Guardian Community Health Systems connects patients with ALS to experienced caregivers who enable them to continue living rich, full lives. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with ALS, our network of friendly and compassionate home care providers will help manage a wide range of daily household chores, personal care routines and daily activities.

Living With MS

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) attacks the central nervous system, with symptoms ranging from mild numbness in the limbs to paralysis or loss of vision. The progress and severity of the disease varies from person to person but more often than not, results in the need for some level of personal care and assistance.

With the right support structure in place, those with advanced MS can live a rich life of fulfillment. Providing the ongoing care and support that patients with MS need, requires practical solutions by experienced professionals. Very often, the responsibility of care falls to loved ones or family members and can place significant stress on these important relationships.

Guardian’s network of dedicated caregivers offers MS patients and their family’s non-medical home care and respite care and non-medical solutions to relieve the pressures of full-time disability care management.

Living With Parkinson’s

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) that are first affected by Parkinson’s disease typically include the ability to dress, walk and get in and out of bed. Other early activities to be affected are housework and preparing meals.

While treatment for Parkinson’s disease can provide dramatic relief from symptoms, assistance with ADLs is usually required at later stages. Guardian’s network of experienced caregivers offers those affected by Parkinson’s the non-medical assistance they need to continue living a fulfilled, independent life.

Concierge Care to Get You Back on Track:

No matter what age, post-surgery often requires some form of rehabilitation. Often for Older Adults, this means a short-term inpatient stay in a skilled rehabilitation/nursing facility. And in many cases when discharged from rehab, more in-home care is needed. Of course, being in a different environment away from one’s home is not necessarily the best road to rest and recovery.

Guardian Community Health Systems offers post-surgery and rehabilitation home care. This specialized post-surgery care helps provide individuals looking to maintain their independence an alternative to traditional in-patient post-surgery rehab. Post-surgery pain can also often be alleviated when you’re able to rest and avoid distractions of recovery such as meal preparation, transportation to appointments, and housekeeping.

The dedicated, non-medical and medical caregivers we provide are trained to provide comprehensive in-home care and assistance to Elders recovering from surgery.

In addition to helping with mobility, range-of-motion, transfer and ambulatory assistance, Guardian’s caregivers help with daily household chores and provide regular, reliable transportation to physical therapy or doctor’s appointments.

For a complete list of Guardian’s post-surgery rehab home care services, see our list of home care services.

Injury Prevention and Recovery

Slips and falls with Elders are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits and primary origination in accidental deaths in those 65 and older. Most falls do not result in major injury but the psychological impact of a fall or fear of falling can hinder activity and mood significantly in Elders.

Fall Prevention Will Likely Save a Life

A recent study by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that for people age 72 and older, the average health care cost of a fall injury totaled approximately $19,440. This figure includes emergency room visits, hospitalization, nursing home assistance and home health care. For Elders however, the cost of a fall is more than just monetary, it often results in a significant loss of mobility and independence. Fall prevention planning is of utmost importance.

How Fall Recovery Home Care Can Assist

Compassionate home care companions provided by Guardian Community Health Systems are trained to provide non-medical home care recovery assistance after a fall. More importantly, providing preventive assistance for an elderly relative or loved one in your life improves the chances of drastically eliminating falls from happening in the first place. By encouraging regular exercise, monitoring medication schedules, eliminating fall hazards around the home and helping Elders navigate high-risk areas like the kitchen and bathroom, the quality non-medical home care companions that Guardian Community Health Systems provides help to significantly reduce the risk of a fall for your aging loved ones.

Temporary Care for the Family Caregiver

Guardian Community Health Systems offers Respite Care for full-time family caregivers of Elders, providing compassionate, temporary home care for the loved ones in your life. Guardian’s respite care services allow you the freedom to take a much-needed break from your caregiving responsibilities. As a responsible caregiver, you should embrace respite care as an opportunity to recharge, refresh and renew your caregiving spirit, energy and enthusiasm.

Respite Care, or relief care, offers caregivers a chance to step back and take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

Whether you are a paid or nonpaid caregiver, there will be days that test your limits. As a member of the “Sandwich Generation,” you are sandwiched between two caregiving roles — caring for your child and your aging parents and in many cases, juggling a career and many other activities as well. Both roles are very different, yet equally important and time consuming.

It’s hard to think of your own needs at a time when others may need you. You might feel guilty — as if you are neglecting your loved ones — but this cannot be farther from the truth. Respite Care offers caregivers relief from caregiving, allowing them to recharge and reset emotionally as well as physically to avoid caregiver burnout.

As important as your caregiving responsibilities are, you must not lose sight of the fact that caregiver stress can lead to caregiver burnout. You deserve to relax and enjoy life, to take a break from the responsibilities of full-time care… even if it’s only for a few moments. That’s where respite relief care comes in.

Remember, Respite Care is not about abandoning or “passing off” your caregiving roles. It’s about finding the right balance for your family and your peace of mind. You put so much time and energy into caring for your loved ones; you deserve to care for yourself as well.

Coping with a Caregiver Change Decision

Matching a compatible caregiver with a client takes experience and an understanding of what the right caregiver for your loved one looks like. You might have searched for a caregiver on your own and for a while, this match might have worked. Over time, however, you have come to the realization that while things are fine, the caregiver you are seeking would have more empathy, patience, emotional strength, and dependability. On occasion schedules change and your current caregiver may have conflicts that may challenge their flexibility for this new routine. Factors such as these may lead you to believe a change of caregiver is necessary, but the thought of making a switch seems like a daunting task that you’ve already been through.

Great caregivers allow their clients to do as much as possible by themselves while understanding when to step in and assist.

If you’ve experienced a caregiver who assists those affected by memory loss, repeatedly ask “don’t you remember?” or “I just told you,” that could also be another sign that they are not experienced with a certain diagnosis. Here at Guardian Community Health Systems, we take a unique approach to your caregiver selection. From our initial in-home needs assessment and FREE insurance evaluation to our in-depth Care Assure Screening System and Care-Pairing Program, we are dedicated to fulfilling you and your loved one’s unique individual needs by providing only the most highly qualified, best matched caregivers available in your area.

Just remember, making an important change takes a bold decision that is almost never regrettable. By working with Guardian Community Health Systems, we can tailor your caregiver change quickly or slowly, to provide you with the best permanent replacement to your current caregiver.

Strength Through Support

Our Approach to Hospice Care
We at Guardian understand that physical, emotional, and spiritual dynamics take place during this challenging time of transition. Having lived a life of purpose, a hospice diagnosis means precious time should be celebrated and spent surrounded with friends and family. Our approach is simple: do everything possible to enable quality time among immediate family and friends.

Accepting the response to a hospice illness should include accepting assistance with needs. While hospice care treats the palliative aspects of pain control, the needs of a hospice patient vary widely. These needs may include: resources for practical information, closing loose ends financially and emotionally and having someone to guide you and the family through the process. Over time the intensity of needs may increase more, physically and spiritually. While you may directly or indirectly care for a loved one during this time, your needs should not be neglected. The balance of ensuring a safe transition to your loved one and handling your everyday routine can be challenging.

How Guardian Community Health System Can Help You.

Our provided caregivers can assist with supplemental personal care, homemaking, and companionship when you need a little help. Not only can these services aid your loved one, but having a little extra help can give you the opportunity to balance and focus on quality time. Our caregiver registry has many professional caregivers who have experience working with hospice patients. Not only do we use our Care Assure Screening System to find the best caregivers available in the market, but we’ll match your loved one using our Care Pairing Process with a caregiver who has the compassion, integrity, and experience working with hospice-bound clients.

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