Aging in place, the process of safely living in one’s own home and community, often seems like a far reach for those who suffer from dementia. Families of seniors with dementia often feel as though moving their loved one into a nursing home or facility is the only option, especially as the disease progresses. This is false! With today’s wide variety of support services, aging in place is entirely possible, even for those who are living with memory-related conditions such as dementia.
Alternatives to Nursing Home Placement
In addition to family caregiving, there are two main alternatives that the family may have to placement within a nursing facility. These include non-medical home care services and adult daycare programs. Both can provide peace-of-mind for the family, while ensuring safety and supervision for the senior. It is however, important to consider the differences between these two main types of programs.
Non-Medical Home Care vs. Adult Daycare
Both non-medical home care and adult daycare ensure care for the senior, companionship and include meal preparation, medication reminders and respite services. It is the extent of care and availability that differ the greatest.
For example, some adult daycare programs require that the senior have a specific level of functioning and it may be difficult for the family to transport the elder with limited mobility. Stimulating settings like daycare centers, where there are many unfamiliar faces, can also leave a dementia patient feeling anxious or nervous.
With non-medical home care, professional caregivers come into your loved one’s home and services are available both day and night, even on weekends or holidays. Care can be scheduled on an hourly or around the clock basis so that your loved one can receive the exact level of support they need, without having to give up their home or regular routines.
Making the Best Choice for Your Aging Loved One
Allowing mom or dad to age in place is important for many adult children, therefore this is not a decision to be taken lightly. If you would like to learn more about in-home dementia care, reach out to Home Care Assistance today. Trusted by Jefferson County families, we go beyond the basics of care by:
- Providing tailored care plans that meet the individual needs of each client
- Training all of our caregivers in dementia care and our unique Cognitive Therapeutics Method which promotes brain functioning and mental acuity
- Offering 24/7 availability and flexible care schedules with no long-term contracts
To learn more about Jefferson County dementia care from Home Care Assistance, reach out to us today at (303) 987-5992. We also offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations where you can ask questions and get to know us a little better. We look forward to hearing from you!