Checking for Unmet Needs with Dementia

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There are millions of people who have dementia all over the world. The problem is that many people who have dementia have needs that go unmet. This might be the case for your aging loved one, as well. It is important that you check for unmet needs in the person with dementia. If you can’t check for these unmet needs, make sure their home health care provider does so. If these unmet needs can be determined, someone can work to fill them.

Home Health Care Emmaus PA - Checking for Unmet Needs with Dementia

Home Health Care Emmaus PA – Checking for Unmet Needs with Dementia

Physical Needs

Many people with dementia have behaviors because they have an infection of some sort. They might need to see a doctor to determine if they have an infection. Some people with dementia may be on certain medications that are causing them to have behaviors. This is something you can talk to their doctor about. Others with dementia might experience pain or discomfort and not properly know how to express themselves. Ask them about whether they are in pain or discomfort and do something about it if you can.

Social Needs

Many people who have dementia will start isolating themselves from loved ones and from others in their life. They may feel misunderstood and left out of many things. Others in their life may start leaving them out. Check to see if the structure in their life has changed since their diagnosis. If it has, see what you can do to get it back on track. See what you can do to support them throughout the progression of their disease. Make sure their home health care providers are on board with supporting them, as well.

Psychological and Emotional Needs

Everyone has psychological and emotional needs that they need to have met. Unfortunately, there are many people who suffer with dementia who go with these needs unmet. They are unsure of how to express their needs to others. They may not know who they are anymore. They may not feel like their life is as enriched as it should be. Their self-determination may be lacking, too. Many people with dementia don’t feel secure either. Talk to your loved one to see if these needs of theirs are going unmet. If so, try to help them out as best as you can.

Finding out which needs of your loved one are going unmet can be a tough process. This is especially true later on after their diagnosis, as the disease progresses. It becomes more difficult for them to express their needs. This is also truer if they experience sundowners, as well.

Sources:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3161123/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4130906/

If you or a loved one are in need of Home Heath Care Services in Emmaus PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.

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Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author