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Q & A: Alzheimer’s Care Options

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 22 January 2013

At some point, the Alzheimer's caregiver will reach a breaking point, or the care needs of the person with dementia may become more complex. Know your options.Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s leaves little time to plan for what happens when your loved one needs more care. Most caregivers don’t even want to think about that possibility; some would rather burn out before reaching out for help.

However, it’s essential to have a plan or at least an idea of the available options, because at some point, the caregiver will reach a breaking point, or the care needs of the person living with dementia may become more complex. You don’t want to be scrambling during that already stressful time.

Get to know your options here:

Q: Can I get help at home for my loved one?

A: Yes. Home care services are very diverse. There are agencies and providers that can assist with personal care, meet companionship needs, or help with household tasks. There are live-in caregivers who offer round-the-clock care for families that require this level of support. There are also skilled home care providers for those who need medical care.

Q: Can my loved one transition to assisted living?

A: Yes. Sometimes called special care units or memory neighborhoods, many assisted living communities have a dedicated wing or floor designed to serve residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Q: Is a move to a nursing home inevitable?

A: No. As the disease advances the individual’s care needs may become more complex, but end-of-life care can be provided at home. In some cases, hospice services may be brought in to an assisted living community.

Find Alzheimer’s care in your community here.

 

 

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