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Video:Options for In-Home Help for Alzheimer's

with Tiffany Cloud-Mann

As Alzheimer's disease develops in a patient, the need for in-home care becomes more and more pressing. Get some information on options for in-home medical care for Alzheimer's patients in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Options for In-Home Help for Alzheimer's

Hi, I am Tiffany Cloud-Mann Vice President of Programs & Outreach with the Alzheimer's Association. Today I am going to tell you about options for in-home help for Alzheimer's. 

Caring for Alzheimer's Patients

As Alzheimer's disease progresses, caregivers and those with the disease recognize their need for help in the home. Sometimes it may be that only assistance with preparing meals is needed, and other times the person may need help with a variety of activities like medication reminders, bathing and getting dressed. When this need arises families have a variety of resources to turn to.

Sometimes family members, friends and neighbors can pitch in together to provide the necessary extra care the person needs. Other times those resources may not be available or the need is too great and professional services are required.

In-Home Medical Care for Alzheimer's

Most agencies that assist in the home are either medical or non-medical, meaning medical in home care can assist with wound care, injections, physical therapy and other medical needs. These services are typically covered to some degree by most insurance companies although the amount of time the professional spends in the home is minimal.

Non-Medical In-Home Care for Alzheimer's

Non-medical in home care services are usually more used by Alzheimer's patients and their families and they may cover the activities mentioned earlier, supervision, bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, exercising, housekeeping & transportation. These services are typically not covered by insurance and the time needed in the home is usually a minimum of 4 hours a week.

Finding the Right Alzheimer's Care

Finding the right service for your loved one can seem overwhelming. It's encouraged that you speak to your doctor for recommendations for the right level of care, call the Alzheimer's Association for a listing of community resources and ask friends and family if they have any experience with particular agencies.

It's important to interview 2 or 3 providers to make sure you choose the right fit for your loved one. Ask them questions like: Do they background check their employees? Do their caregivers have training in caring for someone with dementia? Will your loved one receive care by the same caregiver each time?

Every state is different regarding services covered by insurance, licensing requirements of agencies & the help that is out there for those with financial need. Call your local Alzheimer's Association for your community's local resources regarding options for in home help.

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