In the United States 5.7 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is projected to increase to 14 million by 2050. It is the sixth leading cause of death among Americans. Along with other forms of dementia it affects one in every three aging adults.
Providing personal care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s can create exorbitant levels of stress detrimental to an entire family including anxiety, depression, exhaustion, irritability and social withdrawal as well as health hazards. Families cannot be there to monitor loved ones 24/7 and often those with Alzheimer’s may leave their home and get lost or accidentally leave a stove on. In the United States almost half of all unpaid caregivers (16.1 million people typically family and friends) provide help to minimize risk for adults with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, 46 percent of which report a high level of burden according to a NAC/AARP survey.
Finding a professional home care agency that specializes in care for memory impairment helps families keep the 90 percent of loved ones who prefer to age in place in the comfort of their homes.
“At Open Arms, we take a specialized approach to providing Alzheimer’s care by matching those who have memory loss with caregivers who have specific training in companionship, personal care, homemaking and nursing services. Our detailed assessments, customized care plans, unique approaches, and relevant activities help minimize risk and provide relief for family members who need breaks from constant care,” said Open Arms Care Coordinator Katrina Betts.
Our founder Julie Kollada started Open Arms after finding inspiration in caring for her mother who had memory loss. In her opinion, the most important aspect of caregiving is tied to a person’s values and is often innate. “Providing care for adults with Alzheimer’s requires a special set of skills. Most of all it requires patience and compassion. Our caregivers do what they do because they are driven by compassionate care. They want to provide peace of mind to the families we serve.”