Conversations We Need To Start

DEMENTIA is not a DIAGNOSIS

If someone has been “diagnosed” as having dementia, something’s not right already because you don’t get a diagnosis of dementia.  When you have dementia you have a syndrome; a collection of symptoms.

What it means to have DEMENTIA

To have dementia means:

  1. Two parts of the brain are dying
  2. It cannot be fixed or stopped
  3. It changes constantly because it is a neurodegenerative disease
  4. It is terminal

ALZHEIMER’S or DEMENTIA

This is where there’s a lot of misunderstanding.  If the brain changes are not normal or treatable, it does NOT mean that it is Alzheimer’s.  Additionally, Alzheimer’s Disease is not a “stage of dementia”.  Dementia is an umbrella term.  There are nearly 100 different forms, causes and conditions of dementia.  It used to be thought that 80-90% of all dementias were Alzheimer’s.  Now we are understanding that this just isn’t true.  In fact, we are now realizing that the most missed “diagnosis” and most mis-“diagnosed” form of dementia is Lewy Body Dementia and possibly accounts for almost half of all dementias.

DEMENTIA CARE and PALLIATIVE CARE Together

One of the most important phrases that needs to go with Dementia Care is Palliative Care (Comfort Care).  Dementia is more than and not just “memory problems”.  Dementia in its simplest definition is brain failure.  Brain failure is a terminal illness/disease.  What we need to be looking at is Palliative Care, not Hospice Care.  Hospice Care is End of Life Care and is appropriate at the very end of the disease.  Palliative Care (Comfort Care) is what we need to be thinking about and looking at early in dementia because dementia (brain failure) is terminal.  Dementia is not an infection to which there is a cure.  There is no cure and there is no preventative immunization.
BCHH is the single leading company in the Montrose area with both Certified Colorado Dementia Care Specialists and Dementia Care Certified staff that provide a Palliative Care Program designed exclusively for Persons with Dementia.

Competent HOME CARE for PERSONS with DEMENTIA

BCHH stands out from the competition as most are in the broader home medical care industry as opposed to the specific industry of senior care for Persons with Dementia.  BCHH was designed to assist the Elderly and Persons with Dementia with what used to be their everyday chores. We assist the Elderly and Persons with Dementia so that they do not have to abandon the familiarity of their home or the camaraderie of their neighbors, friends and family.

Continuing off the previously published article, The Home Care Franchise Downfall, along with emotionally buying into a franchised company’s brand, logo and mission statement, it is also quickly realized that large health care companies spend lots of dollars on website marketing and know nothing about dementia which in turn quickly reflects down the line into the company’s (so-called) dementia care program.   One such company’s website marketing states to have a combined 270+ years of dementia care expertise providing on-site training for staff that provide direct care to those living with dementia.  Unfortunately for this company, within a ten month period of one year, they couldn’t spare even one day of their 270+ combined years of dementia “expertise”, providing desperately needed and begged for guidance or training to one of their facilities.  Another franchised home care company states on their website that they provide trusted senior care for any stage of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease.  Interesting, due to the fact that Alzheimer’s Disease is NOT a stage of dementia.

Start the conversations.  Begin to educate yourself and others about what dementia is and is not.  When researching care for a loved one living with dementia, ask the direct care staff what their training has been and continues to be.  Too often companies will hire anyone who’s willing to work with “difficult” clients with “behaviors”.  No experience necessary, will train the right person—-but never do.

Black Canyon Home Health, LLC stands out from the competition as most are in the broader home medical care industry as opposed to the specific industry of Senior Care for Persons with Dementia.  BCHH was designed to assist the Elderly and Persons with Dementia with what used to be their everyday chores. We assist the Elderly and Persons with Dementia so that they do not have to abandon the familiarity of their home or the camaraderie of their neighbors, friends and family.  While other home care agencies may offer similar services, Black Canyon Home Health, LLC is the single leading company in the Montrose area that provides private duty home care with a Certified Colorado Dementia Care Specialist.  BCHH Certified Colorado Dementia Care Specialists meet the qualifying standards set forth by the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado Leaders in Dementia Care Program.  BCHH provides outstanding care to individuals living with dementia and counseling to the families.  

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