Living with Dementia Alexandria VA

Many people think of hospice care as being for the dying, and therefore not appropriate for someone who has “only” been diagnosed with dementia. However, hospice care can help greatly in the day-to-day living of a person with dementia.

Children's Hospice International
(800) 242-4453
1101 King Street, Suite 360
Alexandria, VA
Services
Nursing homes, Hospice

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Goodwin House Hospice
(703) 578-7217
3440 S Jefferson St
Falls Church, VA

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The Jefferson
(703) 516-9455
900 N Taylor St
Arlington, VA
Services
Nursing homes, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Continuum Care, Hospice

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Synergy HomeCare of Arlington/Alexandria
(703) 558-3435
2111 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
Services
Hospice Care, In-home Care

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Synergy HomeCare of Arlington/Alexandria
(703) 558-3435
2111 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
Services
Nursing homes, In home, Hospice

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Children's Hospice International
(800) 242-4453
1101 King Street, Suite 360
Alexandria, VA
Services
Hospice Care

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Goodwin House Inc. Hospice
(703) 578-7217
3440 South Jefferson Street
Falls Church, VA
Services
Nursing homes, Hospice

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Goodwin House Inc. Hospice
(703) 578-7217
3440 South Jefferson Street
Falls Church, VA
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Hospice Care

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Capital Hospice
(703) 525-7070
4715 15th Street N
Arlington, VA
Services
Nursing homes, Hospice

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Greenspring Hospice
(703) 923-3122
7414 Spring Village Dr
Springfield, VA

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Living with Dementia

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What is dementia? And perhaps just as importantly, what isn’t it? In the coming months, I’ll be writing a series of articles on dementia to address the concerns of caregivers and family members who have a loved one living with dementia. Many people think of hospice care as being for the dying, and therefore not appropriate for someone who has “only” been diagnosed with dementia. However, hospice care can help greatly in the day-to-day living of a person with dementia.

Dementia refers to a decline in the mental abilities of a person. It is not a diagnosis in itself. And it is not synonymous with mental illness. When we say a person has dementia, we are referring to symptoms that include memory loss, absentmindedness, confusion, the inability to think rationally, a decline in social skills, and inappropriate emotional reactions. There are many types of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form and accounts for approximately 75% of all dementias.1 Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that will ultimately become fatal; the mortality rate due to this disease is increasing faster than any other leading fatal condition. In 2004, it was the fifth leading cause of death among Americans older than 65 years of age2. There are hospice eligibility guidelines for people with different types of dementias, but few of these patients ever receive hospice services. New research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management sheds new light on...Click here to read more from Gilbert Guide