How do I choose the best care for an elderly person with Alzheimer’s?
Professional services fall into two main categories:
1. In-home services
Providing care for your loved one can include housekeeping and personal care, such as bathing, dressing, and exercising. Many organizations can assist with medication and medical care. While some government programs provide these services, you may need to hire a private contractor or go through an agency.
2. Adult day services
Keeping your loved ones connected with others is the most effective way to keep them active. Community centers often offer these programs. A variety of activities are offered throughout the day, such as support groups, dance programs, musical activities, and games. Meals and transportation are usually provided as well. You should inquire if your area has community organizations or residential facilities that provide respite care.
• Residential Care
When your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, moving them into a residential facility can be a difficult decision; however, it’s often the most effective way to ensure they receive the care they need.
• Retirement housing
A residence like this is better suited to people with early Alzheimer’s who are still capable of caring for themselves and living alone but unable to manage their entire home. Most of these places do not provide 24-hour supervision, and staff may have little experience with dementia.
• Basic assisted living
In this step, you are between living independently and going to a nursing home. These facilities provide your loved one with housing and meals, as well as health care services and any other assistance they require, like assistance bathing or doing chores.
• Nursing homes
This may be the most suitable choice when someone needs long-term medical care and round-the-clock care. In general, nursing homes offer a wide range of services, including daily care, social activities, spirituality, nutrition, and medical care. Moreover, many of them also have dementia-specific units.
• Continuum care retirement communities
They offer residential care services at three levels: independent living assisted living and nursing homes. As residents’ needs change, they can move to get different services.