live_safelyIf your loved one struggles with the effects of Alzheimer’s, each day may feel like a roll of the dice – will today be a good day or a bad day? The challenging behaviors of Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult to deal with, but there’s a new tool available now to help Alzheimer’s caregivers better handle such difficult behaviors as agitation and aggression, and may even help reduce the use of antipsychotics.

The DICE model – Describe, Investigate, Create, and Evaluate – was developed by a panel of senior mental health specialists as a way to help change challenging behaviors and avoid medication. The system details key patient, caregiver and environmental considerations and describes the “go-to” behavioral and environmental interventions that should be considered.

Although psychotropic drugs have been prescribed for years to Alzheimer’s patients expressing certain troublesome behaviors, there is little evidence they work well for Alzheimer’s behaviors and they also come with heavy side effects. Alternately, studies of certain non-medication approaches to affecting behaviors in Alzheimer’s patients have shown promising results.

Read more about DICE and how it is changing the way caregivers and healthcare providers work with Alzheimer’s patients in this article from Alzheimer’s Weekly.

The senior home care professionals at Regency Home Care are committed to staying on top of the latest breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Our partnership with AlzBetter® further enhances our dementia care services by empowering families with the necessary in-home care structure and education to enable people with dementia to continue to age in place in the comfort and familiarity of home.

Additionally, Regency’s Atlanta area caregivers receive ongoing, specialized dementia training. You can rest assured that your loved one is in the best of hands with Regency Home Care. Contact us for a free in-home assessment or to learn more.