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The Home Care Assistance Difference

Specialized COVID-19 Response Efforts

Our Rapid Response Team is constantly updating protocols and communicating best practices to our caregivers, often through our caregiver app, to help keep our senior clients safe at home.

A Care Team Dedicated to You - Virtually

More than just a caregiver, we assign each client a care team. Our thousands of thoroughly-vetted and qualified caregivers are there to provide care to clients, with the support of a remote Care Team led by a Client Care Manager.

Social Distancing at Home
Thanks to a Personalized Care Plan

In addition to essential daily life activities, our care plans often include basic house cleaning, grocery shopping, and medication pickups, which promote successful social distancing. Our trained caregivers also help keep seniors physically and mentally engaged while staying safe at home.

Home Care Assistance of La Jolla

La Jolla’s First Choice for Senior Home Care and Elder Care Services

For over fifteen years, Home Care Assistance and our experienced caregivers have served seniors and their families with exceptional home care.

We provide older adults in San Diego and the broader community with one-on-one support that allows them to live safely and independently at home.

As the premier home care provider in San Diego, we have the deepest employee roster of skilled and compassionate caregivers. As a result, our Client Care Managers are able to match our clients to caregivers not only based on their home care needs, but also their personalities and interests. We offer high quality assisted living where seniors most prefer: at home.

Our 24/7 Guarantee means that we will be there when you need us – days, nights and weekends. Call us today to learn more or visit our office in San Diego.

How a Customized Long-Term Care Plan from Home Care Assistance Works

Home Care Assistance has developed a specific plan to address this pandemic and take care of seniors in their homes, now and in the long-term.

  1. Call us and we will determine your needs to craft a personalized care plan remotely

    Given the CDC recommendation for social distancing, we've developed a process for conducting virtual assessments either online, or by phone, so our team can create a care plan tailored to your loved one's evolving needs.

  2. Caregivers are expertly matched and adhere to special protocols

    Home Care Assistance has one of the largest caregiver networks in America. We hire dedicated caregivers and expertly match them to clients in a manner that helps minimize the risk of infection. Our caregiver app, among other means, allows for ongoing screening.

  3. We assign a virtual care team that's accessible 24/7

    When you hire us, you receive a full-time care team to assist you remotely. Your Client Care Manager develops a specialized care plan and provides quality assurance throughout the length of service. Your Staffing Manager selects the caregiver who is the best fit for your loved one's needs and personality, and your Home Care Liaison provides access to vital community resources.

  4. Our Balanced Care Method™ promotes emotional and physical wellbeing for seniors

    Our proprietary Balanced Care Method™, a training program for caregivers, promotes cognitive stimulation, nutrition, physical activity, a sense of calm, and social engagement. This program supports our client's mental as well as physical health, reducing the potentially negative side effects of isolation.

**Policies vary by location and may be revised from time to time without notice. Exclusions may apply. Consult your local office for information regarding the products, programs and services that may be available to you.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

"Care Manager Has Been My Right Hand"

We love working with this team! Their follow through is exceptional, their case managers take their jobs very seriously, and they treat each client as their own family member. Our case manager has been my right hand while my husband and I are assisting with the care of our uncle and aunt in their 80's & 90's. We apprec ...

We love working with this team! Their follow through is exceptional, their case managers take their jobs very seriously, and they treat each client as their own family member. Our case manager has been my right hand while my husband and I are assisting with the care of our uncle and aunt in their 80's & 90's. We appreciate the support and kindness shown to us every day. Thanks to a wonderful team!

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M.M. — Del Mar, Ca

"I Live Across the Country"

The people at Home Care Assistance really do care. We have a private caregiver four days a week. They have been wonderful, caring, and conscientious when providing care for my 95-year-old mother at home. Their scheduling folks are excellent. I live across the country from my mother so it is great to know that she is in ...

The people at Home Care Assistance really do care. We have a private caregiver four days a week. They have been wonderful, caring, and conscientious when providing care for my 95-year-old mother at home. Their scheduling folks are excellent. I live across the country from my mother so it is great to know that she is in very good hands.

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B.C. — Encinitas

"Care Managers Were Terrific"

I can't say enough about Home Care Assistance. They really understand all of the details regarding the comprehensive care required for a person who is finally in need of part-time or full-time caregiving. It is extremely difficult to wade through all of the options for elder care and the Care Managers were terrific in ...

I can't say enough about Home Care Assistance. They really understand all of the details regarding the comprehensive care required for a person who is finally in need of part-time or full-time caregiving. It is extremely difficult to wade through all of the options for elder care and the Care Managers were terrific in providing me with a roadmap as to how they would start the process. Thank you for being so approachable and making this a seamless transition.

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L.M. — San Diego, CA

"Keeping my Parents Happy"

Home Care Assistance provided healthy meals, errand-running, and prescription reminders for my parents. I could not have done it without them. Thank you for keeping my parents happy.

J.N.

"Cognitive Therapeutic Methods"

Picking the right home care agency is an important thing for a family to do. With Home Care Assistance, I always have peace of mind knowing that the care team there is making sure my mother is taken care of in the right way. They are able to assist her daily with all meals, errands, doctor appointments and more. One of ...

Picking the right home care agency is an important thing for a family to do. With Home Care Assistance, I always have peace of mind knowing that the care team there is making sure my mother is taken care of in the right way. They are able to assist her daily with all meals, errands, doctor appointments and more. One of the many reasons we chose them is because of their Cognitive Therapeutic Methods that they do with my mom; it allows her mind to stay sharp while interacting and having fun with her caregiver. A very BIG thank you for providing continuous care for my mother and allowing her to stay independent in her own home.

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G.P. — San Diego, CA

"24-Hr Care for My Mother for Over 3 Years"

Home Care Assistance has provided 24-hr care for my mother for over 3 years. They've accommodated my mothers' needs, matching her requests and shift times with the best-suited caregivers. Home Care Assistance welcomes our input on who is and isn't a good fit. Any questions, concerns or suggestions are promptly addresse ...

Home Care Assistance has provided 24-hr care for my mother for over 3 years. They've accommodated my mothers' needs, matching her requests and shift times with the best-suited caregivers. Home Care Assistance welcomes our input on who is and isn't a good fit. Any questions, concerns or suggestions are promptly addressed. There have been new and uncomfortable learning experiences for the family as well as my mother. The Operations Manager is a constant source of knowledge, support and resolution. He always makes himself available and has gone above and beyond helping me understand this "new normal". He's had unending patience and it's obvious that his priority is making my mother and our family comfortable. Sean cares about the safety, welfare and health of my mother and all Home Care Assistance clients.

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P.M.

"Flexibility and Quick Action"

I was referred to Home Care Assistance when my Mom was coming home from Scripps. I was out of town and had to organize everything remotely. They were extremely helpful and professional. I was very stressed and totally lost but they handled everything from start to finish. One of their Care Managers went out to the hosp ...

I was referred to Home Care Assistance when my Mom was coming home from Scripps. I was out of town and had to organize everything remotely. They were extremely helpful and professional. I was very stressed and totally lost but they handled everything from start to finish. One of their Care Managers went out to the hospital to assess my mom the same day. She organized with the nurses and doctors and was able to get Mom home safely with care that day. What I liked the most was their flexibility and quick action. Mom came home with 24-hour care for the first few days then was able to slowly reduce hours to a manageable schedule. Highly recommend!

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B.S. — San Diego, CA

"Admire This Team's Dedication"

When I called Home Care Assistance, I had no idea what to ask about and was very stressed. The team member I talked to made me feel very comfortable that they could take care of my husband's needs and she answered all the questions I didn't even know to ask. She kept in touch with me until we had a date set for him to ...

When I called Home Care Assistance, I had no idea what to ask about and was very stressed. The team member I talked to made me feel very comfortable that they could take care of my husband's needs and she answered all the questions I didn't even know to ask. She kept in touch with me until we had a date set for him to go home and found a very good caregiver, who made him feel comfortable. At one point, we had a minor scheduling problem. Jackie took my call at 6:00 pm on Friday and resolved the problem within a few minutes. She then called me back and let me know that everything was okay. I admire this team's dedication.

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J.M. — San Marcos, CA

"Talk Sports and History With my Husband"

Things with Home Care Assistance are working out very well. Our caregiver is very personable and friendly, able to talk sports and history with my husband, and really goes out of his way to help. Everything about them has been great and I highly recommend them.

F.B. — Encinitas, CA

"Home Care Assistance has been an invaluable part of the equation for making sure my mom receives the highest level of care and support."

As a baby boomer, I am part of the generation that's trying to navigate the waters of eldercare. Home Care Assistance has been an invaluable part of the equation for making sure my mom receives the highest level of care and support. From transportation to healthcare appointments, to 24/7 supervision and assistance, the ...

As a baby boomer, I am part of the generation that's trying to navigate the waters of eldercare. Home Care Assistance has been an invaluable part of the equation for making sure my mom receives the highest level of care and support. From transportation to healthcare appointments, to 24/7 supervision and assistance, their staff is both professional and compassionate. I can't recommend them highly enough.

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G.P. — Mendocino, CA

"Make Dad Feel..He Was Still in Charge"

When my father needed help, Home Care Assistance did a great job. The Care Manager went through an initial assessment and asked questions I hadn't even thought of. A care plan was implemented (and tweaked) that worked very well for my dad and our family. There were clear expectations on how my dad would be cared for. T ...

When my father needed help, Home Care Assistance did a great job. The Care Manager went through an initial assessment and asked questions I hadn't even thought of. A care plan was implemented (and tweaked) that worked very well for my dad and our family. There were clear expectations on how my dad would be cared for. The caregivers were kind, caring, and smart enough to make Dad feel like he was still in charge. They go well beyond simple companionship services. I highly recommend Home Care Assistance!

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C.H.

"I was so impressed by their compassion and customer service!"

I hired Home Care Assistance to provide weekend care for my dad in Carlsbad back in March of last year. We have a dear family friend we pay privately to care for Dad Monday through Friday. When I received a call at 5:30am from our friend saying that she could not come in to care for my dad because she has the stomach f ...

I hired Home Care Assistance to provide weekend care for my dad in Carlsbad back in March of last year. We have a dear family friend we pay privately to care for Dad Monday through Friday. When I received a call at 5:30am from our friend saying that she could not come in to care for my dad because she has the stomach flu, I panicked. She was supposed to arrive at my dad's house at 7am to make sure he takes his first dose of insulin! I immediately called the agency not really expecting anyone to answer because it was 5:30am and off hours. The operator connected me immediately to the staffing person on call. She was so calm and helpful and assured me she will find me coverage. Forty minutes later she called back and told me they were sending their on call caregiver to my Dad's house, that she already walked her through my dad's case, and that one of their Care Managers would be stopping by to check on them. I couldn't believe how fast they worked at helping me out on a day I don't even have them regularly working for my Dad. Amazing! I was so impressed by their compassion and customer service!

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B.S. — Poway, CA

"When I went in to Home Care Assistance in La Jolla, they were having a cooking class to demonstrate how to prepare healthy food for seniors."

When I went in to Home Care Assistance in La Jolla, they were having a cooking class to demonstrate how to prepare healthy food for seniors. How cool is that? I also heard they do yoga and other classes. My grandfather used a home care agency in Canada and although the caregivers were friendly, they never had services ...

When I went in to Home Care Assistance in La Jolla, they were having a cooking class to demonstrate how to prepare healthy food for seniors. How cool is that? I also heard they do yoga and other classes. My grandfather used a home care agency in Canada and although the caregivers were friendly, they never had services like this. The director was extremely friendly and helpful and I have never had any issues with anyone from the office calling me back when I needed information. I would definitely recommend using Home Care Assistance if anyone in your family needs care.

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J.J. — San Diego, CA

"I want to thank them for the genuine care and knowledge the caregivers provided during her last days in hospice."

During these difficult times, I turned to Home Care Assistance for care for my elderly mother. I cannot express my appreciation enough to the entire staff for all they did. I want to thank them for the genuine care and knowledge the caregivers provided during her last days in hospice. I highly recommend Home Care Assis ...

During these difficult times, I turned to Home Care Assistance for care for my elderly mother. I cannot express my appreciation enough to the entire staff for all they did. I want to thank them for the genuine care and knowledge the caregivers provided during her last days in hospice. I highly recommend Home Care Assistance.

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M.L.

"Before we had caregivers in the home, Grandma was not able to go out in her community and now she is able to walk daily, go do activities and even eat home-cooked meals."

Our family would highly recommend Home Care Assistance to anyone looking to have their loved ones stay at home. Their high level of service has allowed my grandmother to stay in her home and build relationships with the caregivers she has. Our care manager works to make sure we receive caregivers that are the right fit ...

Our family would highly recommend Home Care Assistance to anyone looking to have their loved ones stay at home. Their high level of service has allowed my grandmother to stay in her home and build relationships with the caregivers she has. Our care manager works to make sure we receive caregivers that are the right fit for my rather picky Grandma. Before we had caregivers in the home, Grandma was not able to go out in her community and now she is able to walk daily, go do activities and even eat home-cooked meals.

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Anonymous

"It is hard for me to travel to see my mother since I live out of town so the caregivers have been a huge relief."

Home Care Assistance goes above and beyond to take care of your loved one as if they were one of their own. Home Care Assistance was able to come through for our family when a quick discharge snuck up on us after my mother had taken a fall in the home. We were able to keep the care in her home and make sure Mom does no ...

Home Care Assistance goes above and beyond to take care of your loved one as if they were one of their own. Home Care Assistance was able to come through for our family when a quick discharge snuck up on us after my mother had taken a fall in the home. We were able to keep the care in her home and make sure Mom does not have another fall. It is hard for me to travel to see my mother since I live out of town so the caregivers have been a huge relief. They assure me she is safe and keeping me updated on any changes they see in my mother. Thank you for all you have done for my family.

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L.J. — Kirkland, WA

"The staff is always there when I need them and able to give me full reports of care when I come down to visit."

I have been through many agencies trying to find a company who is able to send consistent caregivers to work with my dad. After working with Home Care Assistance for over a year now, I can confidently say I will not have to look again. The staff is always there when I need them and able to give me full reports of care ...

I have been through many agencies trying to find a company who is able to send consistent caregivers to work with my dad. After working with Home Care Assistance for over a year now, I can confidently say I will not have to look again. The staff is always there when I need them and able to give me full reports of care when I come down to visit. Before I started using Home Care Assistance I would have to come down to San Diego very frequently to make sure his caregivers were taking care of him properly. Now, I have full trust in his care team. If you want a company who truly cares then this company is the right one for you.

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E.M. — Beverly Hills, CA

"The whole care experience was something my family and I will forever be thankful for."

Losing a loved one is not easy. Getting the support from the staff of Home Care Assistance made a huge difference! The caregivers were outstanding, caring and skilled. The staffing team was available to us 24/7 for any new request and change. The whole care experience was something my family and I will forever be than ...

Losing a loved one is not easy. Getting the support from the staff of Home Care Assistance made a huge difference! The caregivers were outstanding, caring and skilled. The staffing team was available to us 24/7 for any new request and change. The whole care experience was something my family and I will forever be thankful for.

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M.B. — San Diego, CA

"They are experts in providing support to my loved one who is on hospice."

Special shout out to Homecare Assistance in La Jolla. They are experts in providing support to my loved one who is on hospice. They provided my family with the emotional support we needed. We greatly appreciate everything you've done for us.

D.M. — San Diego, CA

"My cousin passed away but we will always remember how his caregiver made his last days as meaningful as they could be."

I am in the healthcare industry myself so when it comes to finding somebody to care for a loved one, I can be very picky! I needed to set up care for my cousin who was bedbound, on hospice and needed all the "tender, loving, care" he could get. I definitely called the right company! The caregiver they sent was so patie ...

I am in the healthcare industry myself so when it comes to finding somebody to care for a loved one, I can be very picky! I needed to set up care for my cousin who was bedbound, on hospice and needed all the "tender, loving, care" he could get. I definitely called the right company! The caregiver they sent was so patient, did not mind doing all that was required of her and went above and beyond! She will be our friend forever. My cousin passed away but we will always remember how his caregiver made his last days as meaningful as they could be.

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K.S. — San Diego, CA

"It was so heart-breaking and daunting to deal with my father's physical and mental decline, and if it hadn't been for their amazing caregivers I don't know how we could have managed through it all."

Home Care Assistance was a godsend for me and my family. It was so heart-breaking and daunting to deal with my father's physical and mental decline, and if it hadn't been for their amazing caregivers I don't know how we could have managed through it all. Dad needed much physical assistance and a lot of patience - and t ...

Home Care Assistance was a godsend for me and my family. It was so heart-breaking and daunting to deal with my father's physical and mental decline, and if it hadn't been for their amazing caregivers I don't know how we could have managed through it all. Dad needed much physical assistance and a lot of patience - and that is exactly what their team of compassionate, dedicated caregivers delivered. Whenever I called their office, they listened. It was obvious that they really cared. Dad wasn't eating well, so the Care Manager brought over a blender along with a Home Care Assistance recipe booklet with special smoothie recipes. Dad's caregivers made him at least one smoothie each day and he loved them! When I read the recipes, I found out that the smoothies were extremely nutritious. My siblings and I couldn't believe that a company would 'go that extra mile'! We appreciated that gesture so much and we firmly believe that Dad's life was extended due to that attention to his nutritional well-being. We became so close to those caregivers that, when Dad passed away, we invited them to attend his private memorial service. My family and I highly recommend Home Care Assistance and its dedicated employees to anyone looking for outstanding care for their loved one.

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J.W.

"The night-time caregivers made my mom feel supported and comforted."

Home Care Assistance has been an absolutely professional company all around. They were immediate in servicing me with top-quality care. My contact was amazing and I loved the night-time caregivers they sent. They made my mother feel comfortable staying in her home without my father there for the first time in 56 years ...

Home Care Assistance has been an absolutely professional company all around. They were immediate in servicing me with top-quality care. My contact was amazing and I loved the night-time caregivers they sent. They made my mother feel comfortable staying in her home without my father there for the first time in 56 years of marriage. My father had been in a rehab facility for two weeks and the night-time caregivers made my mom feel supported and comforted and reminded her that my father would be home soon. I highly recommend Home Care Assistance!

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Total Peace of Mind

We understand the trust you place in us, and do everything possible to ensure that the home care experience is worry-free for all concerned.

Community Connections

We are the trusted partner of reputable care professionals in the communities we serve. We pride ourselves on connecting our clients to the care solutions they need - even if it's outside our service offerings.

Elevated Quality of Life

Our Balanced Care Method™ emphasizes healthy mind, body, and spirit. We believe that with the proper care, we can help older family members live happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives.

Trusted Care Expertise

We are experts in all aspects of home care, from family dynamics to nutrition, around-the-clock care to dementia. And we train our caregivers accordingly.

Committed To Our Clients

We believe the best way to deliver exceptional care is to focus on building long-term, trusting relationships between caregivers, seniors, and their families.

High Quality Care

We go above and beyond to deliver concierge-level care for clients who want, and expect, the very best for their aging loved ones.

Here's Why People Use Home Are Assistance's Services As our grandparents age, they may need services to help them out. Instead of doing everything on your own, you might want to use a home care service provider. At some point in time, your grandparents might not remember to take their medicine or they may not be capable of cleaning their own home or performing other tasks such as doing their laundry or other extensive tasks. With that said, continue to read on to find out why Home Care Assistance is trusted by people who need home care services for their grandparents.

Caregiver for your loved ones in the comfort of their own house in La Jolla California

When the day comes that your grandparents need home care, then take the first step by contacting a home care service provider. Whether it's one grandparent or both, they can receive home care that is tailored to them. This will mean they won't need to be placed in a healthcare facility. Home care allows them to remain in their own home and the professionals will go to them. If you use Home Care Assistance, then they will provide your grandparents with the best service. It doesn't matter what kind of condition they are in, they'll receive only the best care.

Senior Care Pacific Beach

When you research the senior plans that the company has, you'll be impressed with what you see. This company is truly passionate about what they do and they understand how to take care of senior citizens, regardless if they are your grandparents, parents or other family member.

Elderly Care Ocean Beach

They'll learn about their situation before determining what needs they may have and then they will confer with your loved ones' doctors. The company can handle virtually any maladies that your loved ones may be suffering with.

Alzheimer's Care Point Loma

Do your grandparents have Alzheimer's because if so, then they should receive professional help. This disease causes brain degeneration and can cause the affected to forget things. Not only that, but the disease can cause changes in behavior, which includes depression and mood swings.

Parkinson's Care Coronado

This condition can cause muscular problems and affect the person's sleep patterns. Tremors in the feet or hands are common with their condition. Parkinson's can cause make it difficult for the person to move around and to perform their regular activities.

Dementia Care

Dementia can affect a person in both a psychological way and behavioral way. The person's cognitive functions are severely compromised with this condition. As a result, they can end up with limited social skills or forget things easily.

Stroke Victim Care

When someone has suffered a stroke, then various issues can occur. This includes difficulties with the muscular system that can lead to poor coordination and blurry vision. Light-headiness can be caused by a stroke. One of the most common and most noticeable signs of a stroke is when the person's speech becomes slurred.

Cancer Care

There are many types of cancers. This includes breast cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Another type of cancer is basal cell cancer. All of these are types of cancer elderly people can get.

About Our Caregiving Services

Many medical issues can be effectively dealt with, but only with medical and scientific strategies. If such conditions are in the early stages, then using a home care service provider might be enough. Our team of professionals can speak with you about the services we offer to the elderly. Our company may provide high quality senior care, but we also charge competitive rates. Our cost-effective solutions are offered by medical professionals that are fully trained and they show a great deal of compassion. If you want to find out if home care is for you and your family, then give us a call today. Someone is standing by to answer any and all of your questions you may have about home care services.

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Memory Care

When most people think about dementia, the first term that comes to mind is Alzheimer’s disease. Many people are also familiar with Vascular dementia or Lewy body dementia. But one form of dementia that isn’t on everyone’s lips is a condition called Korsakoff Syndrome. This condition is most commonly the result of excess alcohol intake over a period of years. In other words, while dementia may manifest for multiple reasons, this type of dementia is induced by heavy drinking.

Exploring the Alcohol-Dementia Connection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that every day around 240 Americans die from alcohol-related causes. That adds up to 88,00 deaths on average, annually.

Widely used and often-abused, many of us know someone whose life has been devastated by alcohol addiction. Besides the ravages of addiction, over-consumption can lead to heart disease, liver problems, numerous cancers, and a weakened immune system, to name just a few.

Alcohol can cause brain damage, killing off brain cells faster than they can regenerate. For some unfortunate souls, too much elbow bending paves the way for serious memory problems, including dementia.

Korsakoff Syndrome: A Little Known, Big-Time Problem

Korsakoff Syndrome belongs to a family of disorders known as Alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD). Simply put, ARBD may happen when someone over-indulges in adult beverages over a course of years.

Korsakoff syndrome (KS) is specifically related to an extreme deficiency of vitamin B-1, which is also known as thiamine. While there can be other causes, Korsakoff syndrome typically results from alcohol abuse.

Thiamine plays a vital role in helping brain cells create energy. Without enough thiamine, the brain is unable to produce the energy that’s necessary for someone to function efficiently.

Signs and Symptoms of Korsakoff Syndrome

Korsakoff syndrome causes chronic memory loss. People living with KS find it difficult to handle day-to-day activities. If your loved one has KS, you might see them struggle with learning something new. You may also notice changes in their personality, or see them become apathetic about things they once cared about.

It is also not uncommon for people with the disorder to make something up and present it as the truth. Just know that this is not intentional, but that their brains are trying to make sense of memory gaps. They are not consciously making things up. Doctors call this behavior confabulation.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: a Tragic One-Two Punch

Korsakoff syndrome has a common precursor called Wernicke encephalopathy (WE). Wernicke encephalopathy is a severe brain reaction to dangerously low thiamine levels. WE is a four-alarm emergency that erupts into a potentially fatal failure of brain function. Symptoms may include coordination problems, involuntary eye movements, confused thinking, and trouble walking.

Following an episode of WE, people may develop Korsakoff syndrome and its ongoing memory problems. Due to the close connection between the two disorders, many clinicians refer to it as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS). However, there is no consensus on whether WKS is made up of two distinct disorders, or different aspects of the same condition.

We’ll leave these distinctions to the researchers. What there is agreement on is that WKS is characterized by thought-processing issues and nervous system changes. Failing timely intervention, it can cause irreversible brain damage, and even death.

How to Spot Alcohol Abuse in Seniors

One reason it’s hard to spot alcohol abuse in seniors is that the symptoms of drinking problems closely resemble the challenges of aging. That’s why it’s often hidden or glossed over. “Oh, I know mom has an extra glass of wine these days, but she’s had a lot to cope with lately. Anyway, it’s normal for a person her age to seem a bit confused from time to time.”

On the other hand, please consider this fact: Some experts believe that more than half of senior citizens who’ve received acute hospital care are abusing alcohol. There are also the somewhat cynical outlooks that A) mom or dad won’t be around much longer, or B) that elderly people can’t be successfully treated for alcoholism.

But when you love a parent, you’ll do everything in your power to keep them as safe and healthy as possible, right? Please keep your eyes peeled for these signs of aging that might also indicate a possible alcohol issue:

  • Disorientation
  • Frequent falling
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Slurred their speech or confusion
  • Lack of appetite or potential malnourishment
  • Inability to take care of themselves the way they used to

In addition, be on the lookout for clear signs of heavy drinking:

  • Drinking more often
  • Breath smelling of alcohol
  • Drinking when alone
  • Becoming irritated when you bring up how much they are drinking

Stop Alcohol-Related Dementia Before it’s too Late

There are some impacts of aging that can’t be helped. But trying to prevent your loved one from developing alcohol-related brain damage – or getting help if it’s already developed – is something that’s within our power to accomplish! What can you do right now to give your loved one the opportunity to live a longer, healthier, more satisfying life?


Resources:

Korsakoff Syndrome

Alcohol-related brain damage

Symptoms of alcoholic dementia

Alcoholism and the elderly

Alcohol use and your health

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