Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease, with challenges for the primary caregiver (and all concerned friends and family) at almost every turn. It’s an unpredictable ride: sometimes, the losses follow one after another without reprieve. Sometimes the individual hits a plateau; he isn’t getting better or worse. Neither are easy places to be, and this is what makes researching care options such a complicated task.
You may feel that you have caregiving under control for the moment, but it never hurts to be prepared. When that downward spiral of losses kicks in, or when you feel you’re at the point of burnout, knowing your options is a lifeboat.
Consider these tips for finding a quality care provider (whether for now or a future decision):
- For respite/short-term care — How long has the community offered this type of care? What services and supports do they provide? Where are the apartments/rooms used for respite care located (in the Alzheimer’s unit or elsewhere)?
- For home care — Look into the agency’s experience in caring for clients with dementia. What kind of professional training is required of staff? How are they licensed? How do they match caregivers with clients?
- For Alzheimer’s care in assisted living – How is this part of the community licensed? Do the staff receive specialized training? Is it a locked facility, or do they use other means for preventing elopement?
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