In Home Dementia Care Services

We all need a Best Friend! Ohana Care utilizes the Best Friends™ Approach, which is a recognized approach to relationships with adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia Care Services

Our family caregivers have years of experience in providing memory care services for both in-home care services and retirement residences. Ohana Care’s team has resources and expertise in all senior care services. Our experts know how to support all forms of dementia, and seek to reduce any anxiety and confusion that you or your loved one may have. 

We know how to deal with all types of dementia and follow best practices in taking care of your loved ones’ specific needs. Our support services include but are not limited to companionship, social interactions, supervision, light housekeeping such as laundry, and personal care. 

Every year thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. MP Fortin joined Global News Calgary with information on detecting and dealing with the illness.

Best Friends Approach

The Best Friends™ Approach is a recognized approach to relationships with adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It is exactly like it sounds: the caregiver or companion becomes a best friend to the senior by getting to know their care needs, preferences, their family, what upsets them, what makes them happy.

Think about how much you know about your best friend. How they like their coffee, what traditions are important to them, who matters most in their life. Of course, we can’t force friendship, but using the information we were given by the family and the experiences we shared with our client builds trust, empathy, memories, and a deep connection.

Our care providers encourage seniors to participate in activities in a day facility and at home; enhancing their joy, sense of belonging and satisfaction; and promoting their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

 

We enforce the Dementia Bill of Rights:

  • To be informed of one’s diagnosis.
  • To have appropriate, ongoing medical care.
  • To be treated as an adult, listened to, and afforded respect for one’s feelings & point of view.
  • To be with individuals who know one’s life story, including cultural and spiritual traditions.
  • To experience meaningful engagement throughout the day.
  • To live in a safe and stimulating environment.
  • To be outdoors on a regular basis.
  • To be free from psychotropic medications whenever possible.
  • To have welcomed physical contact, including hugging, caressing, and handholding.
  • To be an advocate for oneself and others.
  • To be part of a local, global, or online community.
  • To have care partners well trained in dementia care.

Warning Signs of Dementia or Memory Loss

Signs your loved one may need extra stimulation

REPETITIVENESS

Repeating stories or activities, and refusing to do anything other than watching TV.

Forgetfulness
FORGETFULNESS

No longer able to play their favourite games independently, and forget to initiate new activities.

Increased Naps
INCREASED NAPS

Excessive napping could be a sign of boredom.

Agitation
AGITATION

This can include pacing, lack of patience, fidgeting, looking for a way out of a room/place, and humming.

Isolation
ISOLATION

Refuses to sit with visitors, refuses to leave the house/unit, only leaves home for appointments.

ELOPEMEMT

Leaves the house alone, not dressed appropriately for the weather, or without the ability to find their way back.

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Additional Resources

The Best Friends Approach

The Best Friends Approach redefines how we can enhance the lives of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Local Support for all Types of Dementia

Alzheimer Calgary works to ensure that people impacted by dementia have access to high quality education, care and support throughout their journey of impact.

Formal Assessments

For formal assessments of cognitive abilities and daily adjustments you can make to help slow the process, contact a Cognitive & Behavioral Therapeutics Interventionist.

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