When a person is diagnosed with dementia, it affects the whole family. Most families don’t know where to begin when it comes to finding help and resources. Taking a team approach to dementia care is the best way to support families as they support their loved ones.
What is a team approach?
When we think about a team, we think about individuals working together towards the same goal. For families caring for a loved one with dementia, the goal is to provide good care as the disease progresses and also to support each other. Life doesn’t stand still for family members caring for their loved one. Families need to be able to continue with their hopes and dreams, even if some of those hopes and dreams have changed due to their loved one’s illness.
This is why a team approach to dementia care is so important. There are agencies here in Utah County that share the same caregiving and quality-of-life goals for people with dementia that caregiving families have. They offer dementia care education, respite care, and other kinds of support to these families.
Knowing where to find these resources can sometimes be a challenge, especially for families who have just received a diagnosis of dementia. This is where a caregiver coach can be of help.
A Caregiver Coach
Teams usually have a coach – someone who helps the team members by providing education, guidance, and support to help the team succeed. A Caregiver Coach helps families caring for loved ones with dementia. There are many resources available for such families – the challenge is knowing where to find this information and what applies to their situation.
Each family caring for a loved one with dementia has unique challenges. A caregiver coach meets one on one with family caregivers and helps them find the right resources for them.
A family caregiver coach can:
- educate families about the type of dementia their loved one has
- offer ideas about creating a safe home environment
- be a listening ear for caregiver challenges and frustrations
- help problem solve challenging behaviors and situations
- find support groups the caregiver might feel comfortable attending
- help families access respite, in-home care, and adult day programs in the area.
Aspen is here to help
The caregiving journey doesn’t have to be made alone. There are people who want to help and who know from experience the challenges families face. Aspen Senior Care takes a team approach to dementia care and wants to help you meet your caregiving goals. This is why we have a Caregiver Coach to help families meet the challenges of caregiving. Meeting with our caregiver coach is a complimentary service we offer. To find out more about this service please call 801-224-5910. We are here to help!
Learn about different types of dementia in our other blog posts!