Though more families are making the decision to keep a friend or relative at home instead of transitioning to assisted living, a nursing home, or Alzheimer’s care, there is still confusion and uncertainty about what services and supports are available in the community.
Home care is one solution, and a medical issue is not a requirement to qualify for this type of care. Those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia are often in good physical health for many years before the advanced stages of the disease set in. They are ambulatory (able to walk around with ease) and able to feed themselves independently; they may even be able to dress and bathe without supervision or assistance. However, caregivers may be concerned about wandering, or about the memory losses which may mean regular prompting, reminders, or check-ins are needed (i.e. did you remember to turn off the stove? did you put on clean undergarments today? did you turn off the water in the shower?).
These kinds of issues do not require the services of a nurse or medical professional. In this case, non-medical home care, or companion care, is a good option.