Distilled from years of experience leading the senior care industry, Pam, managing and operartig partner at Asheir Homes, has put together these articles that our community will find both relevant and valuable. Come back here often to check for timely updates.

Fall is a favorite season for many, but it can also bring about seasonal sundowning in an aging loved ones. If you are a caregiver of a loved one with dementia, learn more about sundowning which can result in increased agitation, increased confusion and memory loss. Learn More

Sometimes the best choice for your loved one is to work with home health agency. Home Health allows the option to keep your loved one at home and be taken care of at an agreed upon number of hours per day. You may only need them for 4 - 6 hours. Or maybe 24 hrs. per day. Home Health can help with bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding your loved one. Some will administer medications also. They can be present as a companion for a portion of the day. Maybe, the need is greater, whatever the individual need or circumstance, it’s a great option to keep your loved one at home for as long as possible. Home Health is an option well worth delving into before taking the next step. Learn More

Dogs and pets of all kinds have become increasingly common in the treatment of individuals with dementia related disorders. The kind of obstacles faced by those with dementia include apathy, irritability, restlessness, depression, difficulty engaging in social activities, and risk of loneliness and isolation. Due to the anxiety that social situations can cause in dementia patients, they often avoid social situations altogether, including interacting with family and loved ones. People dealing with dementia can lose motivation to maintain physical activity and sometimes neglect necessary daily activities such as eating or basic personal hygiene. If you or someone you know is experiencing some of these difficulties in caring for a loved one with dementia, it may be worth considering investing in a furry companion. Animals, by their very “nature” are non-judgmental, making them the perfect therapists and companions for individuals with dementia. They can provide a tremendous source of social support and unconditional love. Dogs have proven to reduce agitation and increase pleasure just by their presence. They also have the ability to increase the amount of physical activity a patient participates in. Depending on the mobility of the patient, they may be able to engage in playful activities with the dog, take it on a short walk, or simply take the time and effort to groom the animal.

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