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Respite Care For Alzheimer Patients: Finding A Good Fit

Care Options For Alzheimer’s Patients

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1. In-Home Respite Care 

In home respite care services for Alzheimer’s patients are provided in the home to assist the caregiver and the person with dementia. Services vary in type and can include:

  • Companion services  which is help with supervision, recreational activities and visiting
  • Personal care services which involves help with bathing, dressing, toileting, exercising and other daily activities
  • Homemaker services which centers around help with housekeeping, shopping and meal preparation
  • Skilled care services which offers help with certain medical services or care

In-home aides and caregivers can be employed privately, through an agency or as part of a government program.  Generally, Medicare does not pay for this type of help.  The respite caregivers at Mountain View Centers have received training about Alzheimer’s disease and the unique needs of persons with the disease. 

2. Residential Respite Care

Another option for respite care for dementia patients is a stay in a residential facility overnight, for a few days or a few weeks. Overnight care allows caregivers to take an extended break or vacation while the person with dementia stays in a supervised, safe environment designed to meet personal needs.  Regular stays can allow the overall adjustment to become easier for everyone. Over time, the staff can become more familiar with the needs of the individual, and he or she will become more comfortable with the staff and the environment.  Oftentimes, people with dementia will have difficulty adjusting to their new surroundings. Residential respite care for alzheimer’s patients is a great method to use especially when one is in the process of deciding to place a loved one in a memory care facility.

 3. Emergency Respite Care Services

As the title describes, this option comes into play in the event of an emergency e.g., in the event the caregiver falls ill, or the person with dementia gets ill or the primary caregiver needs to leave town unexpectedly.

How To Choose The Right Respite Care Option

Find a service with a good reputation, that has been around for a while and have caregivers that have been trained in Dementia/Alzheimer care.

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