Free Smartphone App Provides Searchable Database of Alzheimer's Care
Tips and Advice
TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Home Instead Senior Care®, the leading global provider of home care services for seniors, is
introducing Confidence to Care, a new book that gives Alzheimer's family caregivers the practical
insights and information needed to understand, manage and prevent
common behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease and
other dementias. In conjunction with the introduction of the book, the
company is also launching a free smartphone app to provide caregivers
with immediate tips and practical advice for the many challenging
behaviors and situations family members may face on a daily basis while
caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer's.
According to the World Alzheimer Report 2013, those living with Alzheimer's and other dementias are four and half
times more likely than others to have care needs, and an estimated 70
percent of all Alzheimer's cases are delivered by friends and family in
the home. Home Instead Senior Care is helping to arm the more than 2.85 million family caregivers with the knowledge and resources to confidently and effectively care
for their loved ones, including providing background on what may cause
the frustrating behaviors associated with Alzheimer's and tips for how
to alleviate or prevent them.
"Whether it's helping navigate a challenging behavior, such as Dad
refusing to bathe, or coping with the emotional issues of forgetting
loved ones' identities, Home Instead is providing caregivers with the
power to not only help those that they care for, but to help themselves
as they take on this disease," said Molly Carpenter, Home Instead
Senior Care's CAREGiverSM Advocate and author of the not-for-profit book, Confidence to Care.
Available on Amazon.ca, all proceeds from Confidence to Care will be donated to dementia-related charities through the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation.
"We provide 50 million hours of care to seniors each year and have
developed deep experience and expertise that we are sharing through the
book and app," added Carpenter. "These resources identify the best
caregiving strategies for specific behaviors, including practical,
Home Instead Senior Care's Alzheimer's and Other Dementias Daily Helper free iOS smartphone app gives family caregivers immediate access to
advice for any situation. Caregivers can use the app to search for
common behaviors associated with dementia and find practical solutions.
The app provides users with more than 500 searchable tips sourced from
the Home Instead Senior Care network and the caregiving community.
Other features and benefits include:
Free and immediate advice and tips for dealing with Alzheimer's and
dementia behaviours and situations
Access to free caregiver resources and training materials
Built-in rating system for caregivers to rate each tip so other
caregivers benefit from their insight and evaluation of the advice
Capability for caregivers to easily upload and share advice and tips
with other users
Ability to access all of the solutions and tips without Internet
Caregivers can download the free Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Helper app at the iTunes store or on helpforalzheimersfamilies.ca.
"Caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia face new
challenges each day," said Jeff Huber, Home Instead Senior Care
President. "These new resources were created to help them deal with
these challenges head on and have confidence in their care choices."
For more information about the book, the app and other Alzheimer's
caregiving resources available from Home Instead, visit www.HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.ca.
ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care network is the world's largest provider of nonmedical 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 franchise offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM 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
EducationSM 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
Image with caption: " Home Instead Senior Care® is launching a smartphone app to provide caregivers with immediate tips and practical advice for the many challenging behaviors and situations family members may face on a daily basis while caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer's. Caregivers can download the free Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Helper app at the iTunes store or on helpforalzheimersfamilies.ca. (CNW Group/Home Instead Senior Care)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131021_C5328_PHOTO_EN_32246.jpg
SOURCE: Home Instead Senior Care
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