When you care for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia at home — either theirs or yours — a time when you need more help will almost surely come. Though you may not know when, be prepared by knowing your options in advance.
- First, reach out to family members and friends for support. Asking for help from people you know can be more difficult than hiring professionals who are total strangers, but when you can’t be there, there is nothing like knowing your loved one is being cared for by someone you know and trust. Read How to… Delegate Elder Care Tasks for advice on asking for help.
- Research and access respite care, which essentially provides a break for the caregiver on a short-term basis. Respite care is now more readily available in senior living communities via short-term stays. Check out Paying for Respite Care: A Resource List to get started.
- Home care: Whether you choose to work with an agency or hire someone privately, home care is an excellent option that doesn’t require all the complex logistics and emotional trauma of a move/transition to a new environment.
- Assisted living: Sometimes families decide that a transition to assisted living or an Alzheimer’s care community is best. Discover how to choose wisely in Finding Quality Alzheimer’s Care (When the Time Is Right).