A woman comforts her elderly mother as she considers around-the-clock dementia care.

Is It Time for Around-the-Clock Dementia Care?

Taking care of a loved one with dementia requires continuous adaptation to the individual’s changing needs. As the disease advances, there comes a point when around-the-clock dementia care becomes not just worthwhile but essential for ensuring the safety, well-being, and quality of life for the person.

Here are key indicators that signal when to transition to 24-hour care:

  • Safety Concerns: One of the main reasons behind considering around-the-clock dementia care is an increase in safety concerns. Wandering, forgetting to turn off appliances, or experiencing difficulties with activities of everyday living increases the risk for injuries or accidents.
  • Sleep Disturbances: As dementia advances, 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 have trouble with basic tasks such as dressing, bathing, or eating, 24-hour care ensures consistent support for these activities, promoting dignity and empowering the person to maintain the highest possible quality of life.
  • Decline in Physical Health: Dementia can affect a person’s physical health, leading to challenges with coordination, mobility, and self-care. Round-the-clock care ensures prompt assistance with any physical needs that may arise.
  • Medical Monitoring Requirements: Some people with dementia could have underlying health conditions that necessitate regular monitoring. Continuous care allows for close observation of medical needs and timely intervention.
  • Frequent Hospitalizations: If the individual is experiencing frequent hospitalizations as a result of complications linked to dementia, 24-hour care could be necessary to provide consistent monitoring and preventive measures.
  • Communication Barriers: Advanced dementia often results in communication challenges. Professional caregivers experienced in communicating with those with dementia can enhance the person’s overall quality of life and reduce frustration.
  • Caregiver Burnout: The demands of providing care for a person with dementia can be overwhelming. If you are experiencing exhaustion or other signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout or depression, it may be an indication that 24-hour care is needed.
  • Increased Behavioral Challenges: Aggression, agitation, 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 person’s behaviors are causing you or the individual to be in danger of harm, it may be best to explore care home options, where multiple caregivers are readily available to ensure everyone’s safety.

At Home Health Companions, 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 of hours of help and support. As the disease progresses, we can increase the amount of care to ensure comfort and safety, up to and including around-the-clock care.

Contact us any time at 214-295-8213 to learn more about our in-home dementia care in Highland Park, Lakewood, University Park, or the surrounding areas.