How to Choose… Alzheimer’s CarePosted on April 14, 2014 by ElderCare Resources in Alzheimers Care, Blog, Caregiver Education, Dementia Care, Education
How to Choose Alzheimer’s Care
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia can be a devastating experience. Supporting a loved one who has that diagnosis might mean putting them in a managed care facility.
There are many care centers throughout the country that can help. Finding a facility that best serves the needs of everyone involved can be a difficult task.
Here are some tips to help you place the patient in a quality care facility for his or her needs.
First, the best care facilities are dedicated solely to treating patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
These disorders are very complicated. The staff in these facilities are knowledgeable and dedicated. Inquire about the staff requirements at each center, as well as online or continuing education opportunities.
As well, the care facility should evaluate the patient to determine where he falls in the Alzheimer’s spectrum — beginning, middle or end stage. The care they give will fit the personal needs of the individual.
After the initial assessment, the facility should be assessed on a regular basis, as the patient’s needs can change according to the symptoms he experiences. People in the beginning stages of the disease might still maintain limited independence while other people in end-stage dementia need around-the-clock care and attention.
How is the living environment at the facility? Are the rooms clean and comfortable? Are there quiet areas for reading? Do outdoor activities inspire activity? Patients need to feel comfortable and safe. The best facilities offer cozy atmospheres that can help a person feel at ease.
Verify that the center has group activities, special outings and other services. Quality centers provide supervised picnics, fitness and craft classes, religious events and even field trips to enhance the care of the residents. Active people stay healthier longer.
This place should not feel like a locked hospital ward or a boot camp. Your loved one should be treated with dignity and respect.
Some centers have a pet therapy program for animal lovers and people who have left pets behind.
When choosing a residential facility, tour the entire center. Ask to see a model resident room, and if permitted, ask to speak to some residents or family members.
Professionals who care for Alzheimer and dementia patients know that the support of family and friends can have a huge impact. You should have ample opportunities for family visits, activities and outings that include family and friends.
When you find the right care for your loved one, you can be assured of their safety, health and happiness.