Do you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related condition? If so, you may be considering an Alzheimer’s care facility. These facilities can offer peace of mind, specialist care and a great deal more, but there are quite a few considerations that should be made prior to choosing a facility.
Live-In or Adult Day Care?
One of the first considerations you’ll need to make is whether or not you want to place your loved one in a live-in facility, or if an adult daycare facility would be a better option. While these facilities are similar, there are some stark differences, most notably the fact that with a day care facility, your loved one will be picked up from home in the morning and then returned in the evening. This is one of the best choice, particularly for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease who have a healthy spouse or other family members to care for them in the evening and at night.
Alzheimer’s patients are known for their propensity to wander, which makes it very important that the facility you choose is secure. This should involve more than just fencing around the property’s perimeter, and should include state of the art monitoring technology to safeguard your loved one.
Are Physicians Available?
While your loved one might not need specialized medical care while at an adult day care facility, there is always the chance that an emergency could arise. In this case, you want to make sure that there are always licensed physicians on the property.
Just because your loved one is away from you does not mean that their medical needs stop. Make sure that the facility has the right medical treatments, teams and equipment in place. This can and should include everything from an onsite radiology department to a mobile blood laboratory, and even podiatrists, occupational therapists, and speech- language pathologists.
Alzheimer’s patients can often regain some mental memory function with the right stimulation and treatment, and further memory degradation can be slowed or prevented. Make sure that the daycare facility you choose provides advanced memory stimulation through a range of methodologies to help your loved one’s condition.
These are just a few of the things you’ll need to consider before choosing an Alzheimer’s care facility. Contact us at Jersey Shore Adult Day Health Care Center to learn more – call us at 732-869-9090.