Help for caregiver dealing with demen...

Help for caregiver dealing with dementia patient

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serious

Richmond, KY

#1 Apr 3, 2013
Someone I know needs help with a dementia patient at home. What organization can they call locally for help? Thank you.
Boboot

Richmond, KY

#2 Apr 3, 2013
They can call 1-800-COMMITSUICIDE. Or just, ya know, end it, and stop fighting it.
shame

Duluth, GA

#3 Apr 3, 2013
Boboot wrote:
They can call 1-800-COMMITSUICIDE. Or just, ya know, end it, and stop fighting it.
maybe one day you will be in the same situation. I sure hope you are. You should be ashamed for saying such a thing.
Amanda

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Apr 3, 2013
You can try home health agencies to have some help throughout the week. Also there are always postings if people wanting to sit with patients in their home this could help give them a break! Also there are support groups locally for caregivers dealing with dementia patients google it! Best of luck to you and your friend!! I'm a nurse in a nursing home and I know how challenging it can be! God Bless
serious

Richmond, KY

#5 Apr 3, 2013
Amanda wrote:
You can try home health agencies to have some help throughout the week. Also there are always postings if people wanting to sit with patients in their home this could help give them a break! Also there are support groups locally for caregivers dealing with dementia patients google it! Best of luck to you and your friend!! I'm a nurse in a nursing home and I know how challenging it can be! God Bless
Thank you very much.
Karen

Lexington, KY

#6 Apr 3, 2013
Why not try an adult day care? They offer many services. There is a great one beside the Richmond Police department called horizon.
Luck

Winchester, KY

#7 Apr 3, 2013
I wish you lots of luck because you got your hands full

Since: Jan 13

Lexington, KY

#8 Apr 4, 2013
Can you ask the friend if he/she can talk to the patient's doctor? Or, ask your own doctor if there are any local organizations that might be able to help.

It is tough. My father is in the early stages of Alzheimers or dementia, we are not sure which one, because he refuses to see a doctor.

I have a friend who's job is to sit at home with the elderly. If you like, I can contact her and see if she might be able to help. Message me if you would like me to get in touch with her.
serious

Richmond, KY

#9 Apr 4, 2013
LittleQueen wrote:
Can you ask the friend if he/she can talk to the patient's doctor? Or, ask your own doctor if there are any local organizations that might be able to help.
It is tough. My father is in the early stages of Alzheimers or dementia, we are not sure which one, because he refuses to see a doctor.
I have a friend who's job is to sit at home with the elderly. If you like, I can contact her and see if she might be able to help. Message me if you would like me to get in touch with her.
I will have to check with him first of course but thank you.
I too went through this with a close family member years ago and finally had to put them in a nursing home. I am trying to help but they need more.
serious

Richmond, KY

#10 Apr 4, 2013
Karen wrote:
Why not try an adult day care? They offer many services. There is a great one beside the Richmond Police department called horizon.
Thank you. We will look into that.
Experienced RN

Berea, KY

#12 Apr 7, 2013
These days, home health is not what it used to be, which is why I returned to the hospital setting. I am a recent former home health nurse in Richmond. Home health is now a very short term service, if dementia is the only diagnosis, the nurse will likely come in one or twice a week , take the patients vital signs, and go over a set folder of teaching materials with the caregiver, basic stuff. They might stay in a month but probably no longer than a 60 day payor episode due to the likelihood Medicare would not approve an extension beyond that point if there are no further needs. Home health aides are also now even more limited and would come in twice weekly for 45 min to assist with a bath for a set period of probably no longer than a month with the understanding that a paid care giver is to be hired. The best options would be looking into adult day care programs or hiring a sitter. I recommend only hiring sitters you know, and running a criminal background check. You may also want to invest in a "nanny cam" which is a camera hidden in a teddy bear and check in at random times unexpectedly on the patient because I often encountered paid sitters who gave me a bad vibe when I worked home health, such as young girls who always sat outside smoking while the patient roamed the house, or had different people over all the time, when I was sure the family wasn't aware. Best of luck, and I hope this has been helpful.
rnalso

Richmond, KY

#13 Apr 7, 2013
they need nanny cams at all the nursing facilities
aide

Winchester, KY

#14 Apr 7, 2013
rnalso wrote:
they need nanny cams at all the nursing facilities
AMEN & AMEN!
Carin

United States

#15 Apr 21, 2013
You can contact me at [email protected]
Cheryl

Quinton, VA

#16 May 3, 2013
rnalso wrote:
they need nanny cams at all the nursing facilities
I have seen so much abuse to my mother and other residents in the nursing facilities, that all nursing facilities should have cameras and be subject to prosecution if they are harming the resident. It goes on constantly. If you write letters to the administrator, they file it in the trash basket. If you have a meeting with the ombudsman, they side with the nursing facility even when you have pictures and witnesses of evidence. It is downright cruel and unethical. I had written a letter but it didn't get me anywhere.

This is the attitude of all of them. But of course, if you know too much medical background,it is even worse. We all need to stand up to them and stop this mental, physical, and emotional trauma to OUR loved ones. Amen.
Cheryl

Quinton, VA

#17 May 3, 2013
Sorry , I wrote the above comment about my mother.
Disgusting

Winchester, KY

#18 May 3, 2013
I agree. That includes the ones with the best ratings & cost an arm & leg. They are no better than the others.
Caregiver

United States

#19 Jun 6, 2013
Are you still looking for someone to are for the person with dementia?
serious

Richmond, KY

#20 Jun 6, 2013
Caregiver wrote:
Are you still looking for someone to are for the person with dementia?
No, they both died.
morals

Nicholasville, KY

#21 Jun 7, 2013
serious wrote:
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No, they both died.
Wow... someone who cared or had respect would have said.. no he/she passed away". So I wouldn't believe your post. Also if the dementia patient and caregiver both died they should be wondering what part disrespectful kids played in that role. Some people are so stupid. I guess your parents didn't lick your tail... accept your bad habits... you disrespectful idiot. You too will be old someday... and that's when you get to be treated like crap.

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