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THE COMPLEXITIES OF DEMENTIA CARE

When dealing with dementia, it is never simply the patient who must be helped. Care should always include the patient; the family; the estate and finance industries; health care providers; and yes, even the family pet. It is a life-altering diagnosis for everyone and when it's diagnosed, absolutely no one is ready for it. If this has happened to you, it's normal to feel lost, abandoned, and overwhelmed. American health care and its many insurance companies have little respect for the complexities of this horrid disease, and RSHC is here to help those of you desperately needing answers, support, and shoulders to cry on.

There is a lot of information to break down for you, so let's start by splitting dementia care into three main goals (as an FYI, a complied summary of dementia and it's challenges can be visited at our Palliative Care blog):

STEP ONE: ENSURING CORRECT DIAGNOSIS

If you or a family member is concerned about the possibility of developing dementia, we can help. RSHC can both diagnose dementia (via the routine work up of any primary care physician or neurologist), or we can provide a second-opinion. If you are worried dementia needs to be considered, or that your loved one was given an incorrect diagnosis, click here to see how we can help.

STEP TWO: MANAGING CAREGIVER BURDEN

The toll of dementia is serious and involves the entire family. At RSHC, we believe the health of a patient's caregiver is as important as the patient's. You are not alone. RSHC can help you manage this seemingly overwhelming challenge.

STEP THREE: COMPREHENSIVE CARE OF THE DEMENTIA PATIENT

Dementia is difficult to treat, as it causes behavioral changes in the patient which family often has trouble managing. At RSHC, we believe in cautious use of medication, but only after caregivers are carefully trained in behavioral intervention techniques. Our goal is to keep your loved one at home for as long as possible, while ensuring safety for everyone.