If you are helping a loved who is living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you are not alone. Over 15 million family members currently serve as family caregivers to a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia care. Dementia progressively weakens an individual’s cognitive abilities, causing memory loss and physical decline. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common among the various forms of dementia, affecting six million people in the United States and Canada alone. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a physically and emotionally draining experience. As symptoms progress, individuals with Alzheimer’s will require around-the-clock safety monitoring and support with lifestyle and household activities. In addition, the personality changes, memory loss and irritability associated with the condition can have a psychological toll on family members who are watching their loved ones decline. When Alzheimer's disease robs individuals of their memory and cognitive abilities, in-home care can make life easier at home. Even as symptoms progress, a caregiver can help extend the quality of life of people with Alzheimer's—while also providing valuable respite for the family.
The first step in finding an appropriate long-term care solution is understanding what options are available. Many families assume that memory care units in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities are the only long term care solution available to them. In-home care from a professionally trained caregiver can be a better, more cost-effective solution. What Is Home Care, a guide designed to answer all of your in-home care questions, provides valuable information about what home care is and tools for choosing among the various in-home care options. The guide is incredibly useful for families seeking guidance about how caregivers can provide assistance at any stage of the disease while allowing people with Alzheimer's to continue living in the familiar environment of home.