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Home Care Aides and Alzheimer’s Disease: Do They Have the Right Training or Experience?  

Home health aides can relieve a lot of stress for family caregivers by providing an aging adult with the Alzheimer’s care they need. These responsibilities could include bathing and feeding them, assisting with household chores, and providing them with companionship. These caregivers are usually trained to care for aging adults with dementia and can be an asset to you and your loved one.

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Home Care Aides and Alzheimer’s Disease: Do They Have the Right Training or Experience?

As important as home health aides can be, what kind of training or experience do they have? As you begin researching home care agencies, here are some areas that they should have experience and training in, in order to provide the best possible care for your aging parent.

Before You Begin to Look for a Home Care Agency

Prior to seeking a home care agency for Alzheimer’s or dementia care, it is important that you know what you are looking for. Create a list of care needs your parent will require, such as:

  • Bathing
  • Feeding
  • Hygiene
  • Dressing
  • Companionship
  • Transportation to MD Appointments

You should be able to feel at ease when leaving your loved one in the care of one of these seasoned professionals. Making a list of all the qualifications you are looking for will ensure that you find the right person for the job.

Questions to Ask

Now that you have an idea of what you are looking for, it is important you are asking good questions as a way to find the ideal home care agency. Here are some questions to ask.

Do you provide Alzheimer’s and dementia care training? – Alzheimer’s and dementia training are extremely important when caring for someone with this disease. Having this specialized training will allow the home care aide to easily spot changes in the elder’s appearance and health. The professional will also know how to address the changes, as well as being familiar with the different stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Will the caregivers assigned to my aging loved-one have experience working with someone who has dementia? Even if they have received dementia and Alzheimer’s training, they may not have any experience working with seniors who have the disease. If they do have experience, find out how many years and what tasks they are the most familiar with.

What hours are you available? Most home care agencies can provide 24/7 care. Ask yourself- do we need a caregiver in the home 24-hours a day? Just during the day? Only at night?  Ask the agency how flexible their schedule is and if they would be available at all hours if needed.

Is the caregiver trained in CPR and first aid? As the disease progresses, choking, falling, and other accidents can be a real problem. Make sure the agency you are interviewing requires CPR certification and first aid in order to keep your loved one safe.

Do you have references? Before making the important decision to hire a home care agency, ask for references. Find out from families they have worked for exactly how well the senior care aid worked with their loved one. If they receive rave reviews for their work, then you may have found the right agency for you and your parent. View testimonials and online reviews.

Making the decision to hire a home care agency is not one that should be taken lightly. By following these recommendations, you will be able to find a company to provide caregivers who will not only care for your aging parent but will also become a member of your family.

Looking for more information? Check out the Family Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care and our other guides, located here.

https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/care-options/in-home-care

https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/info-2018/hiring-caregiver.html

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