While the effects of dementia can be difficult and frightening for the patient, it can also be very challenging for family members who aren’t sure where to turn for dementia support. Watching a loved one begin to struggle with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating is hard. Family members may also find it difficult to interact in meaningful ways with their loved one as his or her memory and other skills decline.
Wings of Hope is here to help anyone in our community who needs it, even if the patient is not on Hummingbird Hospice services. Our Living with Dementia program educates family caregivers and medical professionals about dementia and its varied symptoms, and how to provide the best care to persons living with the condition.
Support for medical professionals
Oftentimes, the family physician is the person who delivers the unfortunate diagnosis of dementia. Your patient and their loved ones look to you to help them process the news and to know what to do next. But general practice doctors may not have the expertise or resources that families need at this vulnerable time. Wings of Hope is here to help. You may refer your patient to our Living with Dementia program to help them navigate this journey. Our classes and support groups are free to the local public, even if their loved on is not on Hummingbird Hospice service.
Support for family caregivers
Most family members who care for a loved one living with dementia find themselves unexpectedly in that role. It is quite common to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and unsure about how to handle your loved one’s changing needs. Wings of Hope’s Living with Dementia program can help.
Wings of Hope designed a series of free educational seminars tailored to family members caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness or chronic disabling condition. This includes several classes on dementia-related topics to help family members understand changes they will likely observe in their loved one and how to adjust care techniques to improve the patient’s quality of life and well-being. Classes are available to the public in our service area at no charge. The content is intended for family care partners, not professional caregivers.
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Do you care for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia? Wings of Hope is here to support you by facilitating a conversation group for those who care for a family member living with dementia.
In addition to meeting others with a shared experience, you will learn more about how dementia affects the brain and body and some ways that you can adjust your care tactics to improve the quality of life for your loved one. Wings of Hope’s dementia specialists facilitate support groups by guiding conversation about our shared experiences in caring for a loved one living with dementia, as well as providing dementia related education.
Groups meet twice per month for five months, a total of 10 meetings. At this time, all meetings are held online via Zoom. Wings of Hope’s support groups are open to the public in our service area; it’s not required to have a family member on Hummingbird Hospice service. There is no cost to participate, but advance reservations are required. Please email your request or call Heather Lackey at (210) 908-9774 on weekdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.