If you are feeling overwhelmed as an Alzheimer’s caregiver, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are plenty of different types and levels of care available to help with Alzheimer’s disease.
Some of the most common types of services available for various stages of Alzheimer’s disease include:
Companion services-helps supervise for safety, assists with activities and provides companionship
Personal care services-assists with personal care such as bathing, dressing exercise, toileting and more
Homemaker services-helps with house cleaning, laundry, shopping and cooking
In home aid-includes nursing assistants who provide private health care in the home including: dressing, bathing, feeding and more. Some in-home nursing aides are specially trained to work with individuals with AD
Home Health care- provided by licensed professional nurses or licensed physical or occupational therapists (this type of care may be covered by insurance including Medicare)
Skilled nursing care-services that can only be provided by a licensed professional (including administering certain medications such as chemotherapy and other specific treatments
Adult day center-provides daily structured environment for specific days and hours (usually weekdays during business hours) outside the home to provide supervision and supportive care to those with AD-CLICK HERE to read more about Adult day centers
Respite care-services designed to give primary caregivers a few hours per day or week of down time
Assisted living facilities-provides level of care (companion, aid or nursing care) as needed in an apartment type community
Residential care-long or short term living environment such as a skilled nursing facility
It’s important to note that different geographic locations use various descriptive terms to describe the levels of care. If you have a question or want a referral in your local area for care services, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
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