Alzheimer’s Care Service
We understand all the challenges of caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s. Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, specialist care can provide people with dignity and some quality of life.
By finding a suitable care provider, the care given can be tailored to your loved one’s current abilities and symptoms, and adapted as the disease progresses and conditions change. Arranging care at home will also enable your loved one to stay in familiar surroundings, helping them to feel safe and loved, even when faced with memory loss and diminished capacity.
We can introduce you to local care providers who are able to provide the specialist care needed for Alzheimer’s. Care providers can help in the following ways:
Assist with daily needs like bathing and eating
Provide encouragement and engagement for daily activities
Facilitate social interaction
Help patients maintain familiar routines
There are also professional care providers who specialise in live-in care with Alzheimer’s specialisms. This enables them to maintain the dignity of their patients and provide care, from mentally stimulating activities to managing behavioural and cognitive symptoms. The right care provider can help family members and friends to, in turn, help the patient deal with his or her illness in a dignified environment.
Specialist care can help reduce the severity of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, withdrawal from social life, and self-imposed isolation.
We can help you find care providers to ensure that your loved one lives as dignified and independent a life as possible. This can also provide respite for you and your family and ensure that you can cherish your time with your loved one.
Care for Alzheimer’s Disease vs Dementia Care
Alzheimer’s care is specialised care with often additional training given to the care provider. We believe this is important to clients, given that Alzheimer’s is just one form of dementia.
Dementia, describes a large group of brain disorders that affect memory, decision-making, thought processes, and even emotions. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common among them, affecting between 60% and 80% of those diagnosed with dementia. Find out more about how to recognise warning signs of dementia.
The Cost of Alzheimer’s Care
It would be impossible to assign a hard-and-fast cost to Alzheimer’s care. Every patient and situation are different. But please know that there are no national standards in place to protect patients and their families.
While care continues in the home, patients and their families usually pay for it themselves. Local authorities may help if the patient’s income and assets warrant assistance.
When it becomes necessary to consider home care, a needs and financial assessment may be conducted. Home care fees and responsible parties are determined based on the results of the assessment. You can find more information on this in the Paying for Care section of our Elderly Care Guide.
Resources for Alzheimer’s Care
As a family member of an Alzheimer’s patient, you can find many trusted sources of information on this topic. A good place to start is the Alzheimer’s Association. Other great resources include:
The Alzheimer’s Society offers an excellent guide for caring for patients during the early, middle, and late stages of the disorder. It is a detailed guide explaining what caregivers can expect from each of the three stages of Alzheimer’s.