Finding out a loved one has Alzheimer's disease can feel overwhelming when you are not sure what to do next. You want your loved one to receive the best care possible while still maintaining some of their independence. Understanding the difference between different care options will help you make the right decision for your loved one's care and will help put your mind at ease.
Home care services
In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, your loved one may be able to remain in their home or live with a family member. This allows your loved one to live in a familiar environment, but some additional safety precautions will be necessary to assure your loved one's safety needs are met. A home health aide or home health care worker can be helpful in teaching you ways to make your home safer for your loved one, as well as providing any necessary help with meal preparation, bathing, dressing, etc.
Assisted living facilities
For loved ones who do not require constant supervision, an assisted living facility can be a great option that allows your loved one to be somewhat independent but still have help available around the clock if needed. These assisted living facilities are also good if your loved one enjoys socializing and taking part in group events. Assisted living facilities provide opportunities for residents to participate in activities, such as crafts, music, and games.
Adult day centers
For those who wish to keep their loved ones at home with them, but who have to work or are unable to be available for help at certain times, adult day centers are a good option. Adult day centers provide your loved one with a safe place to stay while you are working or simply if you need a break from being a caregiver. These centers also provide plenty of activities to keep your loved one involved and engaged in social activities.
Choosing the best Alzheimer's care for your loved one will likely be an ongoing process determined by the progression of the disease and your ability to provide care at home. Understanding the care options available to support Alzheimer's patients will help you know which plan is best when your loved one is first diagnosed and when you need to change to a new method of care later. Being aware of your options will help you be prepared when the need to make decisions arises.
For more information about Alzheimer's care, contact a local facility.