While Alzheimer’s can have a different effect on each person, the symptoms can be expected to worsen as time goes on. People who have Alzheimer’s will eventually require constant care, so it is crucial to start planning for that care as soon after diagnosis as possible. There are various factors that will determine what type of care is best for your loved one. We will look at the different options available to you.
Family In-Home Care
When your loved one with Alzheimer’s is cared for at home, there is the benefit of being in a place that is familiar with common sights and sounds. However, keeping the home easy to navigate and safe for the person with Alzheimer’s often requires some changes. A few of the recommended tips for safety include:
* Eliminate objects that might cause injury
* Lock any dangerous areas like storage areas, stairways, and workrooms
* Ensure all smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order
* Provide stairways that are well lit
* Keep medications locked in a cabinet or drawer
* Put the water temperature 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below to prevent burns or scalding
Formal In-Home Care
Sometimes the need for care goes beyond what family can provide properly. That is when formal Alzheimer’s in-home care may be a good choice. Having a person who can come over on a regular basis to offer relief is important for everyone. Two of the common choices are to utilize the services of an adult day center or establishing a relationship with a home health service agency.
* Day center – offers a safe environment with programs and activities and the chance for socialization. May also offer transportation and meals.
* Home health – caregiver visits the home to provide services like companion services, health care, and assistance with chores.
After Alzheimer’s advances, there may be a need for more comprehensive care. Everything from dressing to bathing and preparing meals will become more challenging. For loved ones who require this type of care, there are multiple options. Assisted living is the least structured and allows some level of independence. Nursing homes offer skilled health care 24/7. Alzheimer’s special care units are designed specifically for individuals with memory problems.
If you are looking for Alzheimer’s in-home care, European Best Care can help. We’d be happy to meet with you and explain the services we offer and the options you have. You can also find out more at www.EuropeanBestCare.com.