F.A.I.R. Alzheimer's & Dementia Program

In-Home Services – Lincoln and Wayne County, WV

In-Home Care for Seniors – Respite for Caregivers

Family Alzheimer's In-Home Respite (F.A.I.R.) is a program that provides care for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia in Lincoln and Wayne County, WV. This service provides stimulation and socialization for the person with dementia, while giving the caregiver a break.

Social Interaction and Mental Stimulation for Your Loved One

Remaining socially active and maintaining adequate mental stimulation throughout life are important components of brain health. For our clients with Alzheimer's and dementia, social interaction and stimulation are particularly essential. Unfortunately, these areas tend to be neglected as a result of the effects of the disease process, resulting in a rapid decline in memory, thought process, and behavioral control.

F.A.I.R. Benefits the Entire Family

Many individuals with Alzheimer's eventually develop difficulties related to effective communication and responding properly to social situations, which further compounds the difficulties involved in remaining socially active. At Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc., our goal is to offer alternatives through the F.A.I.R. Program that benefit the client, as well as family members.

Modified Activities for Alzheimer's Patients

Our trained caregivers offer a variety of stimulating activities for our clients with Alzheimer's and related dementia through the F.A.I.R. Program. By offering activities that the individual enjoyed prior to diagnosis, life quality and connections can be maintained during the early stages of the disease. In some cases behavioral changes (including increased irritability and anxiety) may make certain hobbies and interests too overwhelming for the individual. Therefore, these activities may require modification.

Choosing Activities to Enhance Life Quality

Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc. recommends that a variety of activities be offered for our clients to determine which of these may enhance their life quality at the present time. Some of the activities that may be offered include arts and crafts projects, simple painting, gardening, arousing the senses, working on puzzles, watching old family videos, eating familiar foods, taking a short walk, reading favorite books together, cleaning, and organizational tasks. Input from family members is helpful to determine which activities may be most appropriate for the individual.

Alternative Communication

During the early stages of Alzheimer's, we encourage our clients to maintain engagement in social activities as much as possible. It is important to listen to our clients and gain feedback based on their responses. As Alzheimer's and dementia progress, the individual's ability to communicate tends to decline, often to the point of being unable to talk or otherwise communicate effectively. We strive to offer those affected alternative means of communication to maintain their self-esteem, positive mood, and sense of overall well-being. Looking at photos and artwork or listening to music together allows for a shared experience, and may even elicit a smile. The compassionate caregivers at Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc. work closely with each client in our F.A.I.R. Program. We make every moment count.

F.A.I.R. Program Eligibility

To participate in the F.A.I.R. Program, an individual must be a resident of Wayne or Lincoln County, WV with a medical diagnosis of Alzheimer's or related dementia, and have an unpaid caregiver over the age of 18. The care must be provided in West Virginia. The program fee is based on a sliding scale. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact us for answers to any questions you may have.

Contact Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc.

For more information on how we can help you care for a loved one with Alzheimer's or a related dementia through our F.A.I.R. Program, give us a call at: (304) 824-3448. If you prefer, you may contact Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc. through our online contact form.