We treat our clients like family. Because they are.
When your loved one is diagnosed with any form of Dementia, you’re thrown into a caregiving role on top of everything else going on in your life.
It’s impossible to take care of your loved one, juggle everything else in your life, and take care of yourself all at once.
We’re here to take care of anyone living with Dementia so that both clients and their families can continue living fulfilling, independent, happy lives.
We specialize in Dementia care.
You may be surprised to learn that a Dementia diagnosis does not mean that your life is over. Far from it!
Sadly, however, many elders with Dementia are not getting the care they deserve because most organizations do not have Dementia-specific training. Of the hundreds of homecare companies out there, almost none specialize in Dementia care. On top of that, it can become very challenging for you and your family to take care of your loved one to the extent that they need.
At Dementia Specialists Homecare, we’re extremely well prepared to care for clients with any type of Dementia diagnosis. We know how to recognize and approach symptoms of specific Dementia diagnoses from Alzheimer's to Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Vascular Dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Wernike-Korsakoff, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s Dementia.
Though we specialize in Dementia care, we love serving every elder in need of a caregiver (whether for a few hours or full time).
Because of our focus on Dementia care, we know the following:
- Life doesn’t end with a Dementia diagnosis. Your loved one is very much here and still wants to take part in a fulfilled life!
- Dementia causes people to behave in ways that are often the opposite of what they normally would do. We know how to recognize these patterns and have empathy for our Clients no matter how frustrating these behaviors can be.
- Each Dementia diagnosis comes with unique symptoms. As Dementia specialists, we know the difference between these diagnoses.
“My mom was seemingly safe and well in her own home. She regularly saw family. I couldn't put my finger on it but she was really slowing down.
She hardly got out of bed. She took very little interest in doing anything around the house. She sat in front of the TV without watching it.
I was stunned when I realized that she was developing bedsores! She had become so deconditioned that she was at great risk of falling. Something had to be done.
When we introduced Dementia Specialists Homecare to her home, she resisted at first because she didn't want to be bothered. In time, she became intrigued by the added conversation and started to perk up.
By the time a week had passed, she was better groomed and more cheerful. After a couple months she was cheerfully choosing her outfits and wearing her lipstick again. She was tackling her old crossword puzzles and discussing articles from the newspaper.
Dementia Specialists Homecare brought her the human contact that she craved and I hope she has many happy years ahead. Thank you for giving her back the joy of living.”
- Adele, daughter of a client.
We’re raising the standards for Dementia care.
Dementia Specialists Homecare is founded on a mission to revolutionize elder care in the United States. Here’s how working with us is different from care you may receive from anyone else:
Specific dementia care training.
Because non-medical care is unregulated in the U.S., few caregivers have specific training on how to care for patients with Dementia.
Not only do our caregivers have specific Dementia training, they receive training on how to care for patients with various types of Dementia.
Our caregivers have the best training -- including monthly training sessions to keep us sharp and the best at what we do.
Incredible quality of life.
We hate the idea that a caregiver would come to your home and act like an adult babysitter, though that’s what many of our clients have seen before coming to us.
When we come to your home, we’re there to do everything we can to give your loved one an incredible quality of life.
We love to find therapeutic (rather than diversional) activities to suit each client’s needs and find ways to engage them in their passions. You can see more info on this here.
The most dependable.
The point of hiring an in-home caregiver is to take away your stress so you can focus on your daily responsibilities and spend quality time with your loved one when you see them.
We take our job very seriously so that you never have to worry about a caregiver not showing up, being late, or acting irresponsibly on the job.
On top of that, it’s important to us to keep you informed on what your loved one is doing each day.
“My mother has stage five Alzheimer’s. She's still pretty functional in terms of eating and things like that, but she cannot drive, order food, prepare food, or anything for herself.
As she began to lose these abilities, her independence was really lost. She became dependent on us for everything. We hired Dementia Specialists to help her with that.
She looks forward to seeing her helpers, as she calls them, every week. They find stimulating things for her to do so that she is still able to feel a sense of control, stimulation and joy in doing things.
For us as caregivers, we can comfortably go and get away from the responsibility of caring for her full time while Dementia Specialists caregivers are with her. They have been a gift to us and we highly recommend them.”
- Rebecca, Daughter of a client
We do whatever it takes to keep our clients healthy, happy, and whole including:
Available 24/7 : We are available when you need us, whether that is after office hours or even in the middle of the night you can speak with an administrative staff member who knows you and your caregiver and is familiar with your care plan.
Recreational Therapy: We use a unique approach to homecare through the use of Recreational Therapy. This allows us to improve quality of life while providing homecare services. We have a "relationship" verses "tasks" mentality.
We monitor your care: Our owner and Recreational Therapist continuously monitor your care by following up with you after 2 days, weekly for the first month, and monthly thereafter (including unannounced spot checks). Whether you prefer phone, text, or email we want to be in touch with you to make sure you feel secure in your loved one’s care.
We do what we say we will: We utilize a software system that caregivers are required to call or use GPS tracking to show when they arrive and leave a clients’ home to reassure you that your loved one is being provided the care you are paying for.
We want you to feel comfortable and secure: We provide complimentary caregiver introductions before beginning care. We introduce you and your loved one to the caregiver(s) that will be providing care as well provide detailed instructions of your loved one’s preferences and needs.
We are serious about personalized care: Besides offering a free comprehensive assessment by our Recreational Therapist before beginning care, we also complete quarterly reassessments and update your care plan accordingly.
Your home and loved one is safe: All of our caregivers go through a series of background, driving, ethics, and drug tests prior to being hired. Our company is bonded and insured and we also provide workman's compensation insurance for our caregivers.
We care: Most importantly we genuinely have a passion and love for seniors and want to see them have the best quality of life possible. We will go above and beyond to make sure they have excellent care.
Are you looking for a caregiver for your loved one?
Hi, I’m Joanna LaFleur, the CEO and founder of Dementia Specialists Homecare.
In addition to working in the Dementia care field for more than a decade, I know first-hand what it’s like to have a loved one with Dementia. When I was 20 year’s old my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The experience of being with my grandmother during this time opened my eyes to how much better we can do our work as caregivers as well as the massive effect a loved one’s memory loss has on the entire family.
Over 10+ years working for different companies in the elderly homecare field, I couldn’t shake the discouragement I felt by the low quality of care I saw for people suffering from Dementia.
To me, there was a huge gap in Dementia care. What was missing from elder care, in my view, was a client-focused, human-centric approach to care from caregivers with training in how to support someone with Dementia. When I brought my desire to improve care to colleagues at the companies I worked with, however, I was often told that I’m “too sensitive”. I knew I had to do something, which is why I founded Dementia Specialists Homecare.
Clearly, I wasn’t the only one who saw the deficit in proper care. Just one year after launching Dementia Specialists Homecare in 2014 our company has expanded to care for more than 35 clients in Southeast Michigan with no signs of slowing.
I’m so proud to be leading a company filled with passionate, dependable, well-trained caregivers and staff as we shatter the status quo in the Dementia Homecare industry. We know that having a loved one diagnosed with Dementia is incredibly challenging, and that’s why I’m so blessed to be a part of a company that is here to support you. In my mind, Dementia Specialists Homecare is successful for one reason: we treat our clients like family.