Alzheimer’s is a health condition where the symptoms get worse over time. Therefore, many family members looking for a care solution need to consider the needs and requirements of the patient. While at an early stage a few hours of in-home care would suffice, later stage Alzheimer’s is more demanding in terms of care. Let’s check out some of the most popular care solutions for Alzheimer’s disease patients:
Caregiving in the home by a family member
Many family members will want to take care of their elderly loved ones themselves. In such cases, you need to carefully check all the educational/informational resources regarding the disease of your loved one. There are many online free sources that will teach you about important aspects of Dementia/Alzheimer’s and how to properly take care of a patient with such a disease. Caregiving in the home performed by a family member is typically recommended only in the early stages of the disease, when the patient does not require highly skilled solutions.
Formal in-home care solutions performed by skilled personnel
If the disease has already progressed with memory loss, wandering and behavioral changes becoming overwhelming, you may want to consider formal in-home caregiving solutions. For example, a caregiving referral agency can help you find the perfect candidate that will take care of your loved one in his/her home. By opting for his solution you will get peace of mind your dear one is properly looked after, and thus you get time on your own to focus on other tasks.
You may need to hire only a part time home caregiver, or a caregiver on a 24-hour basis (live-n caregiver). You should definitely discuss these details with the best experts in the field, and they will assist you in finding the right candidate for your requirements. Some family members also opt for day centers, where the patient is being transported to and from the center and there he/she has the chance to socialize with other patients while being under constant supervision by skilled personnel.
Assisted Living/ Nursing Homes for Advanced stages
In case your loved one does not need skilled clinical care, but does need help with almost all activities of daily living you may consider an assisted living facility. On the other hand, patients requiring skilled medical care should opt for nursing home facilities. Both care solutions involve room and board, with the difference that in a nursing home the patient benefits of non-stop medical care and supervision.