Caring for a loved one with Dementia

Learn more about dementia and understand the effects this progressive condition has on your loved one and their care needs. If you’re looking for care support, our dementia-trained Care Pros can help.

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Homage gave many seniors and their families peace of mind

– PM Lee Hsien Loong, National Day Rally

1 in 10 above 60 years old has dementia in Singapore

Dementia is not a part of normal ageing.

It is a medical condition that causes brain cells to die at a faster rate than normal. The resulting progressive cognitive decline leads to increasing difficulties in coping with everyday activities. A common symptom is poor short-term memory. On average, a person with dementia lives four to eight years after diagnosis, but can live as long as 20 years. 

Dementia is not just forgetfulness

The effects of dementia go beyond affecting the ability to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, and to care for ourselves. Mood swings and even changes to your loved one’s personality and behavior are also part of it. When caring for a person with dementia, irregular behaviours and communication difficulties can make caregiving challenging.

Dementia care across the stages

The symptoms of dementia progress over time and changes across the stages. During this period, dementia can be separated into three categories: mild , moderate and advanced. It may be difficult to place a person with dementia in a specific stage as stages may overlap.

These stages help to provide some insight on the symptoms, how the abilities of our loved one change and possible care support needed.

Mild Stage

Individuals can function independently, with memory or concentration difficulties.

Care support 

  • Medication reminders
  • Staying active
  • Companionship

Moderate Stage

Individuals have greater difficulty performing routine tasks and communicating. Personality and behavioral changes may take place.

Care support

  • Medication reminders
  • Staying active
  • Companionship
  • Personal hygiene and grooming
  • Check-in visits

Advanced Stage

Individuals lose their ability to communicate and eventually, to control movement. Significant personality changes may take place.

Care support

  • Assist with daily living activities (ADLs)
  • Companionship
  • Night caregiving
  • Nursing procedures

Help at every stage

We have walked the journey with numerous families and their loved one with dementia. One of our very first family is the Louis’, where we provided night and respite caregiving for their mom, affectionately known as Mama Louis.

Our Care Pros have undergone Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA)’s dementia care training to better understand, support and care for you and your loved one. Learn how they can help.

 

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Companionship

Befriend and engage your loved one through conversations and trips outdoors.

Staying Active

Keep your loved one’s mind and body active and alert with physical exercises and stimulating brain activities.

Nursing Care

From tube feeding, suctioning to wound care, our trained local nurses can help with various nursing procedures.

Home Therapy

Alleviate symptoms and improve the bodily functions of your loved ones to boost self-confidence.

DAILY LIVING CARE

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$20/hour*

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NURSING CARE

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$24/hour*

By local licensed nurses

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FAQs

Here are our responses to common queries families have about our care services.

What is the minimum duration for a Care Visit?

The duration of a Homage Care Visit starts from just one hour, depending on the families preferences and the loved one’s needs.

Does Homage provide live-in or 24-hour home care services?

We currently provide 24-hour home care services but not live-in caregiving.

For our 24-hour home care service, two Homage Care Professionals will be scheduled for the visits. Care will be split into 12-hour shifts to support you and your loved one around-the-clock each day.

Who are the Homage Care Professionals?

Homage Care Professionals are individuals passionate and dedicated in caring for seniors and families in need. 100% local, they are licensed nurses and trained caregivers who have experience in caregiving, from all walks of life.

We also collaborate with the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) of Singapore to provide dementia training to build a dedicated pool of Care Professionals trained in dementia care.

I have 2 care recipients in my home. Can one Homage Care Professional care for both?

To ensure every individual who engages our services receives undivided attention and care, each care recipient would be matched to a dedicated Care Professional who fits their needs and preference.

If there are 2 care recipients residing in the same home who needs care in the same period, 2 Homage Care Professionals would be present to care for each recipient respectively.

Can I apply for any subsidy for Homage home care services?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria of the grant, you can apply for financial subsidy under the Home Caregiving Grant to defray the cost of caregiving services.

Learn more about the eligibility criteria and application process via the Agency for Integrated Care website.

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