The hardest thing about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia is that it doesn’t get easier. The disease advances, and the strain on the primary caregiver intensifies, leading to burnout. Thus, it is crucial for caregivers to be aware of local options should the need for additional help arise.
How do you know which care is best? Besides determining what is the most appropriate fit for your loved one (i.e. home care vs. assisted living care), you will want to choose carefully, making sure to select a quality care provider.
Consider these tips:
- For home care — Ask about the agency’s experience in caring for clients with Alzheimer’s. Does the home care agency require additional training in dementia care best practices? How is the agency licensed? How do they determine who is the most compatible caregiver for your loved one?
- For respite/short-term care — How long has the provider offered this option? How will they make your loved one feel welcome and supported even though it is only a temporary stay? Where are the suites used for respite care located (in the Alzheimer’s unit or elsewhere)?
- For Alzheimer’s care in assisted living — How does the state license their dementia wing? Are there additional training requirements for the staff serving therein? What is the environment like? How do they prevent elopement without making the residents feel trapped?
Read more about Alzheimer’s care here.