• Disease Education

    Alzheimer's Care

    A loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease or any form of dementia presents one of the most challenging and difficult care situations for family members. In most cases, Alzheimer’s disease is called a family disease, since the stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone in the family. Home health caregiving treatment must therefore address the needs of the entire family, including emotional support, counseling, and educational programs about the disease. And finding the best quality, compassionate assistance from specially trained caregivers is not always easy to do.

    This is why we provide in-home health caregivers who have been expertly trained and certified by the Alzheimer's Association Care Academy.

    The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Caregivers who undergo training by the Alzheimer's Association Care Academy gain a deeper understanding of this complex disease. They also develop skills for:

    • managing challenging behaviors
    • providing the best personalized and attentive care
    • connecting, both mentally and emotionally, with patients in late stage dementia
    • helping ease the stress on family members

    Contact us for a free in-home assessment to determine the best plan of care for your loved one. We are here to help.

    Coordinated Home Health for Arthritis

    Arthritis increases physical limitations, mobility and alters people's lifestyles. We assist people who suffer from arthritis with their activities of daily living. Some of the activities include light housekeeping, transportation, meal preparation, bathing, dressing, and laundry. Our company has over 20 years of home health experience, focusing on the disabled and patients with arthritis. We understand that oftentimes arthritis leads to bone density problems, depression, and bone impairment, but our physical therapists focus on joint movements and range of motions as means of treatment. Other therapy includes pacing activities, pain control activities, relaxation techniques, and home safety. The proper kind and amount of this therapy will vary depending upon the underlying cause and upon individual factors that your physician will discuss with you.

    It is also important to get enough nourishment and hydration to strengthen bone health. Many of the organizations below offer support groups, counseling and additional information on arthritis.

    Coordinated Home Health for Parkinson's

    Home health for Parkinson's disease (PD) requires a well-balanced diet and constant exercise. We can provide physical, occupational or speech therapies that may be required for some patients. Physical therapy and muscle strengthening exercises can be a critical part of managing Parkinson's disease. Our physical therapists can help develop and monitor a home exercise program that will include a good exercise routine. Most exercise routines are strengthening and flexing all limbs, stretching legs and feet, walking, facial and breathing exercises, and specific exercises to gain better control in swallowing. Our occupational therapists can help with walking, talking and completing everyday activities. People with Parkinson's disease lose the ability to automatically move. Professional Healthcare at Home exercise program can help people with PD learn how to think about their movements and to plan their movements one step at a time. By learning how to move and stretch again will help keep the body flexible and keep the blood moving.

    Our speech therapists can improve voice volume, quality, and articulation. For example, therapeutic exercises, such as verbalizations and tongue movements, often can make a difference. When speech is severely impaired, a machine or computer generated voice can be used. Our speech therapists can teach families new strategies to help the person communicate. If the person is in a confused state of mind, it may be necessary to use verbal cues to understand or assist.

    A well-balanced diet also plays a critical role in keeping a person with Parkinson's healthy, active, and energetic. Choose foods that are soft and easy to chew for people who have difficulty swallowing.

    It is also important that people get enough nourishment for the body to function. Our caregivers help people with Parkinson's physically as well as emotionally. Support groups can also be helpful. Many of the organizations below offer support groups, counseling and additional information on PD.

    Coordinated Home Health for Stroke Patients

    Stroke is an injury to the brain caused by an interruption of the brain’s blood supply. Strokes may be caused by thrombosis, a gradual narrowing and blockage of the neck or brain artery; embolism, blockage of the neck or brain artery by a clot; and hemorrhage, a rupture of an artery in the brain or on its surface. When stroke occurs, hospitalization is critical to determine the cause and type of stroke as well as to treat and prevent any complications that may result. Surgery, as well as medications, may be needed to treat a stroke. Once the stroke survivor’s condition is stabilized and neurological deficits no longer appear to be progressing, rehabilitation begins. We treat post-hospitalization patients and stroke survivors with home health services and personal care assistance. Stroke rehabilitation involves movement, balance, perception of space and body, bowel and bladder control, and language.

    In addition to these services, we can provide transportation to weekly doctor appointments and follow-up testing. Since stroke patients require attentive treatment, we can offer home health, advice and informational resources to safeguard health. We can monitor any medication and provide a healthy road to recovery. Contact us now. Below are a few resources to stay informed about stroke:


Victorian Home Care is a licensed home care agency, offering personal home care assistance to families throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. With offices in Monterey and Aptos, our service area includes Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Salinas, Seaside, Castroville, Watsonville, Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and surrounding cities. Services include hourly or live-in home care, extended care, home health aides, medication reminders, and coordination with healthcare providers. Home caregivers and personal care assistants provide help with activities of daily living, meal preparation, light housekeeping, senior and eldercare, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, transportation and companionship. We are an affiliate of Kindred at Home.