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How Caring For a Senior Parent Changes at Late-Stage Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's home care provides 24-hour specialized support for seniors in all stages of Alzheimer's, ensuring they receive the necessary care as their condition progresses.
Late-stage Alzheimer’s will require Alzheimer’s home care.
Late-stage Alzheimer’s will require Alzheimer’s home care.

If your senior parent has Alzheimer’s and their disease is progressing, the type of care they need will change. When your senior parent enters late-stage Alzheimer’s, they will likely need Alzheimer’s home care around the clock. Alzheimer’s care is dedicated care specifically for seniors with Alzheimer’s.

The care providers who provide Alzheimer’s home care have worked with seniors who have Alzheimer’s and received training in how the disease impacts seniors at every stage. Family caregivers often can’t handle caring for a senior parent with late-stage Alzheimer’s. That’s okay. That’s what Alzheimer’s home care is for. Alzheimer’s care is available 24-hours per day if your senior parent wants to stay at home.

It can be difficult to know when your senior parent is transitioning from one stage of Alzheimer’s to another. If your senior parent is entering late-stage Alzheimer’s, you may notice that they:


Have Profound Memory Loss

If your senior parent is exhibiting severe memory loss and can no longer recognize you or your family members or where they are, they may be in late-stage Alzheimer’s. Your senior parent may talk about a home they used to live in or confuse you for other people that they have known.


Have Difficulties Communicating

In late-stage Alzheimer’s your senior parent may no longer be able to communicate with you coherently. You may notice that their voice becomes very soft, or they may be unable to speak at all. When they do speak, they may not make any sense or may not even be able to form actual words, just sounds.


Have No Mobility

Seniors who are entering late-stage Alzheimer’s may be unable to move or barely able to move. Alzheimer’s home care may be necessary to help them sit up, get out of bed or into bed, and get to the bathroom.


Have Trouble Swallowing

As Alzheimer’s progresses, seniors lose their ability to swallow and chew. In late-stage Alzheimer’s, your senior parent may not be able to swallow food without choking or aspirating. If that happens to your senior parent, talk to their doctor about options to ensure they are getting nutrients.


Experience Weight Loss

Changes in eating habits, coupled with difficulty swallowing, may result in significant weight loss and malnutrition for seniors who are in late-stage Alzheimer’s.


Get More Infections

Your senior parent’s weakened immune system and other physical changes like incontinence can make them more likely to get UTIs or other infections that can impact their physical and mental state.


Behavioral changes

Your senior parent may experience behavioral or personality changes as the disease progresses. They may exhibit agitation, aggression, or apathy. Sundowning, a phenomenon where confusion and agitation worsen in the late afternoon or evening, may become more pronounced.


Sleep Problems

Your senior parent’s existing sleep problems could get worse. They may need a different medication or a different dosage. Talk to your senior parent’s doctor if you notice that they are having sleep problems.


Loss Of Motor Skills

Your senior parent may experience a loss of fine motor skills that makes it difficult for them to grip a cup or even roll over in bed.



If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s Home Care in Towson, MD, please contact the caring staff at A+ Personal Home Care. Call (443) 660-8757, After Hours: (443) 796-5241

A+ Personal Home Care is a Trusted Home Care Agency serving the Baltimore and DC Metro Area, with offices in Pikesville and Gaithersburg.

Timur Yusufov

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