A dementia or Alzheimer's disease diagnosis impacts the lives of the patient as well as his or her loved ones. Through our research we discovered that one of the major challenges that caregivers of patients have is the inability to take a short vacation or break from caring for their loved ones, especially if the loved ones live in the same home.
Au pair: an assistant that cares for a family's children while living as part of the host family.
Our service offers a temporary to full time live-in "au pair," much like the service offered for childcare. It matches responsible millennials with families that have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's. The Care Pair are trained to care for dementia patients and would go through a careful screening process. Families can specify needs and skills, as they are matched with the best choice for their circumstances.
This service is not meant to replace, but to supplement care from trained medical professionals. The Care Pair will assist in spending time with the patient, providing interaction and mental and intellectual stimulation that is not within the scope of visiting medical professionals. It also allows the primary and secondary caregivers an opportunity to take time for themselves, knowing that there is another person who can be present for their loved one.
As a bonus, this will benefit the Care Pair millennials, allowing them to gain experience and knowledge on caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's.