More overburdened caregivers with partner with dementia
In one of our previous blogs we already wrote about the overburdened caregivers. Elderly are expected to live at home for a longer period, which causes an increase in burden on the family caregivers. The Dutch dementia monitor, Dementiemonitor Mantelzorg van Alzheimer Nederland, shows that those with a partner with dementia who still live at home feel most burdened.
A casemanager can provide a solution to this problem. Casemanagers are support to people with dementia and their surroundings. This person offers guidance and provides help where necessary. However, as mentioned earlier: they can provide a solution. Casemanagement is under a lot of pressure and the waiting lists are piling up (Alzheimer Nederland). Also, overburdened caregivers mostly do not know about their right to a casemanager. Currently; a casemanager will not provide the solution. Sometimes care giving can feel like an endless fight. Most close relatives do not understand the concept of dementia or the effect on the lives of those involved. ‘Developing a dementia-friendly society is a great point of improvement to maintain the longer period of living at home.’, according to Zorgpunt.
Partner with dementia living at home
‘Living at home for an extended period of time’ is exactly the purpose of Dayclocks. An Alzheimer clock, or dementia clock; Dayclocks has been called many different names to emphasize the practical advantage. Of course, our clock will not cure dementia, but how nice would it be to add structure again to the daily life of demented elderly? Also, we kill two birds with one stone: both patient and caregiver are helped. A senior clock with day and date makes it unnecessary to remind the elderly person of the day and time. Dayclock functions as daytime calendar for elderly, but due to the innovating scheduling function appointments can be added remotely, as explained in one of our previous blogs. This is for the family caregiver very practical. Also; Dayclock provides another solution.
The scheduling function causes decrease overburdened caregivers minder overbelaste mantelzorgers
Zorgpunt pointed out that 4 out of 10 family caregivers has less social contact with family and friends when they have a partner with dementia. Dayclock is not only a clock for demented elderly, but with the scheduling function also provides the possibility to display messages with phographs. Images can help to support the memory of demented elderly. From a distance children and/or grandchildren can send messages and photographs to better contact maintenance. Of course, this does not mean you should never visit grand dad and grand mom anymore, but it simply makes it able to connect easier, more and faster as (grand)child. When you do visit, you can also make this appointment appear on the Dayclock. Dementia is a horrible disease, for both the patient and his/hers environment. The Dayclock is, as previously stated, not a healing medicine. However, this ‘dementia clock’ can reinforce the connection with close relatives and friends and bring back structure in the lives of elderly. Do you want to know how our system operates?