Importance of Advance Planning
When a loved one is affected by dementia, it is important that family caregivers investigate in advance the range of alternatives that will be available if needed in the future. Otherwise, when finding the best care solution becomes imperative or even a crisis, it is likely that you will be forced to find a "quick fix" that results in a choice that fails to address your loved one's long-term needs. Caring for an individual with dementia can be an exceptionally demanding experience for families. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to the question "What kind of care is most appropriate?" Factors such as the preferred location, most suitable level of care, and financial issues must all be taken into consideration. The following overview of dementia care options offers some of the pros and cons of each level of care to keep in mind when planning for your loved one's unique situation.Read More...
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
CCRCs usually have campus-like surroundings that offer all levels of care to include independent and assisted living and continuous skilled care. When the only physical move that your loved one must face is moving from one building to another, the concept of progressive care may be an excellent option. This sounds perfect but, unfortunately there is one significant drawback. For many families, the cost of Continuing Care Retirement Communities is prohibitive. There are many variations in the types of contracts these facilities offer. Examine acceptance fees closely, taking into consideration whether or not these charges are refundable. Also keep in mind that CCRCs usually require that your loved one enters the facility at the independent or assisted living level. Therefore, planning well in advance is especially important if considering a CCRC.
The most popular choice of residential care for quite a few seniors, including those with dementia, is Assisted Living. These facilities normally provide personal care assistance as well as supportive services such as transportation and housekeeping. Assisted Living is most suitable for individuals in the early to middle stages of dementia since your loved one is still able to function relatively independently. Trained staff, along with dedicated dementia wings and programs found in many facilities, may make this the best choice if home care is no longer possible. The benefits of retaining self-reliance for a period of time can outweigh the drawback of future relocation to a skilled care facility as the illness progresses.
Skilled Care facilities, usually thought of as nursing homes, are probably our loved ones' most dreaded care alternative and probably the least desired option to consider. When around the clock skilled care, provided by licensed nurses and other health care professionals becomes necessary this level of care is all too often the only reasonable solution. Take a look at Medicare/Medicaid certified facilities as your loved one may be entitled to benefits when skilled care is necessary. Try to locate facilities that have special care units specially designed to meet the unique needs of dementia patients.