Omaha, NE (PRWEB) May 09, 2012 - A new program is bringing hope to family caregivers who are struggling to help senior loved ones with the challenging behaviors of Alzheimer’s disease remain home longer. The Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Training Program, developed by the Home Instead Senior Care® network, removes some of the fear and confusion associated with those diseases. The no-cost program bolsters in-home care by providing an innovative method that helps families make the most of a senior’s life journey, including that individual’s history, passions and hobbies.
This caregiver – whose spouse has Alzheimer’s disease – describes the frustration and confusion that grips families whose seniors are dealing with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The characteristics of these diseases are varied and change with time, but often leave families and their caregivers frightened and ill-equipped while they try to provide at-home care for their seniors.
A new groundbreaking training program now offers help for the many families who are dealing with challenging behaviors including refusal, delusions (or false beliefs), aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.
The Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education(SM) Training Program takes away some of the dread associated with these diseases. The no-cost program, which is available to families through their local Home Instead Senior Care® office, provides an innovative approach that helps families make the most of a senior’s life journey. The unique approach includes the history, passions and hobbies of the person with Alzheimer’s disease to help manage challenging behaviors associated with dementias.
“CARE is a wonderful hands-on approach that helps caregivers deal with the behavioral changes that too often accompany these disorders – one of the biggest stressors for caregivers,” said Dr. Jane F. Potter, chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. “There was previously no good program available using adult education techniques to provide hands-on practice in learning how best to help people who suffer from dementia. This is huge.”
Resources of the Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE Training Program can help family caregivers understand Alzheimer’s disease and the changes they can expect to see in their loved ones. With the increased knowledge of Alzheimer’s and how to deal with it, family caregivers will be better able to cope with the stress of their responsibilities.
Local Home Instead Senior Care offices can provide even more information about making the most of living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, giving caregivers hope for a brighter future. Too often, a family caregiver can become overwhelmed – physically and mentally – with providing in-home care and can see a slide in his or her health.
This CARE Family Caregiver Training Program is the same curriculum that is being offered to professional Home Instead CAREGiversSM. While providing respite services to families, Home Instead CAREGivers are trained to maintain a safe environment, encourage engagement, provide nutritious meals, offer supervision of medications, make trips to pharmacies for prescription refills, create social interaction, deliver mind-stimulating activities, provide transportation for medical appointments and supervise and assist with activities of daily living.
The CARE Family Caregiver Training Program is being offered by local Home Instead Senior Care offices throughout the country or through a self-guided online e-learning course.
Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGivers(SM) worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network’s groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education(SM) Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead Senior Care offices. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.
Additional information is available from Erin Albers, local PR and marketing director, and from Home Instead Senior Care’s online press kit.
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