We form a connection to the landscapes we live in. We build homes and raise children, we go to the markets, walk the beaches, sail on The Sound. Naturally, we want those landscapes to remain a vital part of our lives. Part of the fear of a diagnosis with dementia is that we will have to leave those landscapes and homes as we need assistance in our activities of daily living. At Sound Options, aging in place in Bellevue, Washington is possible with our customized options in memory care. Since 1989, Sound Options has helped families cope and care for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Dementia and Difficult Behaviors
For loved ones and caregivers of a those diagnosed with dementia, it is often the difficult behaviors that can present the biggest challenges. You may be familiar with some of the most common difficult behaviors associated with various types of dementia:
- Bursts of anger/ aggression/ uncontrolled emotions
- Swearing/ unfiltered comments
- Repeated questions/ disorientation
- Resistance/ non-compliance
- Sleep difficulties
We are accustomed to judging people based on their behavior because we know people can control their behavior. Those parts of the brain that control behavior are what are impacted by dementia. Many people associate the disease with “memory problems”, but the reality is that dementia is an umbrella term for a range of brain diseases impacting all of the body functions including memory, speech, mobility, decision-making, etc. As family and caregivers, we have to start looking at difficult behaviors as symptoms of a disease not expressions of a person. For concrete tips on coping with difficult behaviors visit our blog.
At Sound Options, our in-home caregivers are able to provide the customized attention and senior care that is needed for those aging in place with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The increase of fall risks, injury, medication mistakes, and family burnout can be greatly reduced by having eldercare professionals in the home. Give us a call today and start planning for the quality of life you and your family deserve. 800.628.7649.
“I feel so blessed to have Sound Options. I can tell the caregivers really care about what they’re doing. They are always interested in learning all they can, have incredible patience, and keep my husband with dementia physically and socially engaged in life. I never worry when they are here. I know the caregivers are the reason that he has the quality of life that he does. He lights up like a Christmas tree when he sees them coming.” -Wife of Client