The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Journey
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6.7 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, a number that is projected to grow to nearly 14 million by 2060. Despite the high prevalence, many people with dementia are not consistently receiving the supportive quality care they need. Dementia not only affects quality of life for people with the disease, it also significantly impacts quality of life for their caregivers.
AuthoraCare can help as you or your loved one move through this many-years journey by helping to provide care to address physical and psychological needs as well as emotional distress. We can help you with strategies that improve quality of life for both patients and those who care for them.
Palliative Care for Dementia
The goal of palliative care is to help patients and their families achieve a better quality of life by assisting with advanced care planning, identifying interventions that can improve care and addressing symptoms of dementia by establishing goals of care. As care needs increase, patients or their caregivers may choose to receive palliative care even while receiving treatment for their dementia symptoms to optimize outcomes for the patient and their caregivers.
Hospice Care for Dementia
Hospice care helps patients coping with terminal dementia by providing care to address the mental, emotional and physical distress caused by dementia symptoms. Patients with dementia who are admitted to AuthoraCare’s hospice program will receive expert, in-home medical and nursing care to help them live with dignity and provide comfort as their disease progresses. Click here to learn more about the benefits of hospice care.
End-stage symptoms may vary depending on the type of dementia. However, there are many symptoms that are the same regardless of the type. As patients become increasingly frail, they are less able to fight infections. Due to this frailty, severe infections such as pneumonia develop quickly and are the leading cause of death for patients with dementia.
“Hospice was a life saver for me and my family. Knowing she was under their expertise was very comforting to us.”— AuthoraCare patient