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Alzheimer's: Consider options for long-term care
Choosing the type of care
To determine which type of care is best for your loved one, consider the following questions:
- Does your loved one need help preparing meals or taking care of other personal needs?
- Does your loved one need help taking medications or managing other medical problems, such as heart disease or diabetes?
- Does your loved one need 24-hour supervision or special care? If so, what type of skills must a caregiver have to provide that care?
- Would you prefer a facility that specializes in Alzheimer's care?
- How will you cover the costs of your loved one's care?
Keep in mind that some settings aren't designed for people who have Alzheimer's — and as your loved one's needs change, options for care might change as well. Any new care arrangement you make will involve blending your capabilities as a caregiver with your loved one's needs.
Sharing the burden improves care
Remember that seeking help can ease the physical and emotional burdens of caregiving — and the earlier you consider the options, the better. If you wait until a crisis arises, you might be pressured to make a hasty decision. Instead, take time now to evaluate your loved one's future options.Previous page
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