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We focus on comfort when caring for someone with dementia, providing ways to interact meaningfully using music, massage and aromatherapy. We also care for family members, friends and caregivers, offering respite care (breaks from caregiving) and spiritual support.

How do I know if my loved one with dementia is ready for hospice care?
Persons with dementia are generally ready for hospice care when they show steady weight loss, and/or need help for all activities of daily living, are incontinent, speak few intelligible words and need help to sit up.

How do I choose a hospice that will meet the unique needs of my loved one with dementia?
The hospice you select should have a clear understanding of the unique needs of persons with dementia, how to meet their care needs and how to determine proper medication.

What if I want my loved one to remain with me at home?
Hospice of the Valley provides the same caring services whether the patient resides in their home, a skilled nursing facility or other location. All members of the team, including physicians, make home visits.

What if I can no longer care for my loved one with dementia at home?
Hospice of the Valley cares for patients wherever they live. As dementia progresses, there may be a point when home care is no longer an option. We can help you understand what to look for in a care facility. Learn about our free Senior Placement Service.

I don't understand why my loved one behaves so differently. What's happening?
Behavior problems are common. As the disease progresses through the brain, day-to-day living may become increasingly frustrating. Your loved one loses independence and needs total assistance from a caregiver.

Vocal and physical behavior is often the only way to communicate that something is wrong. Try to consider or anticipate what your loved one may need—physically, emotionally or environmentally.