If your loved one has advanced Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and they require supervision, there are a number of care options that are worth researching. Each family’s situation is different which makes giving advice about how to care for your loved one challenging. Memory Care facilities recognize the needs of advanced dementia patients and have programming specifically designed to help these patients stay safe and healthy while allowing them to live their lives and experience joy and a sense of meaning in their lives. For those that are not prepared to move to a memory care facility or for those that can manage their condition with help have even more options:
Types of Long-Term Care
Here are several types of long-term care that you might consider for your loved ones:
1. At home help. A certified caregiver could come in for a few hours a week, according to a pre-set schedule, or they could provide around the clock, 24/7 care. Many home care agencies and registries offer live in care at the residence. It makes sense to decide on the number of hours the client requires as well as well as the cost of this type of home care. Typically rates for in home care range from $16/hr. for a referred caregiver to $23.50/hr or more for an employed caregiver. At Capital City Nurses, care services can include help with basic housekeeping, as well as running errands or shopping in addition to assistance with activities of daily living. Home care can be a great option to help a loved one facing memory issues stay in their own home as long as possible.
2. Day Programs. Day programs are sometimes referred to as adult day care programs or Arts and Wellness programs, and are usually open on weekdays. A loved one can visit the day program for a few hours and you can rest be assured that their needs are being met, that their minds are being stimulated and that they are getting the attention they need socially. Many day programs are designed for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients and provide an outlet for the client and a much needed break for their families. This is especially true if you are working while you care for your loved one.
3. Respite Care. Need a break from your care-giving duties? This type of care allows you to leave your loved one in capable hands while you take the time off to attend to other things. It’s a short-term arrangement and ideal if you’re going on a trip or just need time to recharge. The client is moved into a facility and lives as a resident for a period of time, usually a month or so. Often times the client thrives in the new environment and families recognize that the best place for their loved one is a Memory Care facility.
Choosing which long-term care option is best depends on your loved one’s needs, cost, family ability to contribute, work requirements and your loved ones safety. Understanding how these factors weigh on the well-being of your loved one is key. Alzheimer’s and dementia are progressive disease processes and difficulties caring for those with these diseases get worse with time. If your family is dealing with a diagnosis, giving consideration to your options and researching trusted companies can make navigating the world of senior care less intimidating.
Looking for Alzheimer’s and dementia care? Capital City Nurses offers care assistance and plans ideal for your loved ones. Call us to learn more about our services. You can also like them on Facebook.