Adult Day Care
You might be determined to care for your patient on your own. This is a normal response--particularly during the first phases of the disease. That said, even the most determined caregiver will need a break at some point. Adult day care is a great way to get that break.
Also, adult day care provides access to a number of valuable benefits, such as:
- Individual and family counseling
- Health and medical services
- Behavior support
- Physical and cognitive therapy
If your patient has difficulty when leaving the house, or has medical conditions that prevent them from doing so, in-home care options are available. These services can double as a source of companionship when social environments aren't an option.
Also, Alzheimer's patients often require routine medical attention that is difficult for the average person to administer. In-home care is a great choice in these situations, as it allows for a trained professional to administer these procedures. It also allows for a fresh pair of hands and eyes to provide support to your patient while you rest.
The unfortunate reality for many Alzheimer's patients is that they pose a risk to themselves. In these situations, you cannot expect to keep your patient under constant surveillance. This is when the residential care option is often chosen.
The lowest level of service, often referred to as residential housing, is ideal for patients who can continue to enjoy a normal life and routine. They are often clustered with other similarly-able patients, and participate in many of the same activities they would during an adult day care session. However, they receive support with housekeeping and personal maintenance.
At the higher levels, residential service begins to resemble a hospital setting. Trained personnel are on hand to physically restrain or otherwise support patients during difficult times. While this may be uncomfortable for an outside observer, it is important to understand that Alzheimer's patients often require this level of professional support.
Ultimately, no one will know the needs of your loved ones better than you do. While it's certainly uncomfortable, it is important to make an appropriate choice regarding care for your Alzheimer's patient. If you do have to choose In- Home Care, call us toll free at (800) 932-6615 to find out how we can help.