DEMENTIA CARE OPTIONS

Care and Support Options for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients Throughout Chicago and the North Shore Suburbs

From Early Stage dementia up to and through Late Stage dementia, peoples care needs and requirement continue to evolve and change. We have the training, skills and dementia care experience to help our clients maintain their dignity, stay safe and secure in their home…. Whatever and wherever place they call home.

While Dementia and Alzheimer’s affects people in different ways, one can typically expect symptoms to worsen over time. At the onset of the disease people often require a minimal amount of home care support, some gentle reminders and easy direction. Eventually, people with the disease may require 24 Hour Live-In Care for Dementia.

We offer a wide range of care options that can be provided through a comprehensive in-home dementia care program. We can also deliver services in a Community Living environment. If you need help understanding your dementia care options, contact us for a free consultation at (847) 957-1300 or at info@dementiahelpers.com.

Some dementia care options include the following:

Dementia Care Options

A variety of factors combine to determine which Alzheimer’s care options you pursue for a loved one. In the early and middle stages of the disease, families often choose home care so that their loved one can remain in familiar surroundings and enjoy as much independence as possible.

Home Sweet Home Care for Dementia

Home Care for Dementai patientsIn a home environment, a person with Dementia can benefit from well-known sights and sounds as well as a few changes to make the home safe and easy to navigate. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends looking at the home “through the eyes of a person with dementia,” without creating too restrictive a setting. Being a caregiver to someone with Dementia can create enormous stress and challenges. Having relief on a regular basis is important to the family caregiver’s health and well-being. Caregivers may turn to family, friends or neighbors for a break, or to a professional Dementia Home Care Agency to provide respite support.

Home Care: There are two main categories of In-Home Care Services: skilled care and custodial care. Skilled Care, also known as Skilled Nursing and Home Health Care generally provides for specific medical needs while Custodial Care or Private Duty may include Occupational or Environmental assistance, also known as Companion Care which includes help with housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation or Personal Care, such as bathing, dressing and feeding. Home Care can also provide comprehensive, round-the-clock care with 24 Hour Live-In Dementia Caregivers as well as Transportation Support.

Adult Day Care: A safe environment for your loved one, adult day centers offer structured activities and programs, such as music or art therapy, and a means for your loved one to socialize. Many adult day centers also provide meals and transportation.

Respite Care provide a temporary relief from daily caregiving tasks. It is a vital component in the caregiving process since it allows the caregiver to have some time away to do things that he/she is interested in or will enjoy. Any activity that will allow caregivers to concentrate on their needs is imperative to their physical and emotional well-being. Respite services can be scheduled on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis or as often as the caregiver is able to arrange.

Community Living for Dementia Clients

As Alzheimer’s progresses, care needs of your loved one will mount. From meal preparation and dressing, to bathing and personal care, everyday tasks will become more difficult. If you cannot stay at home during the later stages of dementia, there are a variety of community living options to consider.

Independent Senior Living (IL): Independent Living communities, also known as retirement communities or independent retirement communities, are housing typically designed for seniors 55 and older. IL communities are normally apartments, but also include some condominiums and low maintenance single-family homes. Originally they were intended for seniors that did not require assistance with activities of daily activities or 24/7 skilled nursing but as our society continues to age many seniors are getting in-home care support delivered in their Independent Living community. IL provides for convenient services, senior-friendly surroundings and increased socialization.

Community Care for Dementia Clients

Personal Care Homes are private residential homes licensed to provide 24-hour care to people who are unable to live independently. These homes focus on the care needs of adults with disabilities, cognitive impairment and the seniors requiring assistance and supervision but do not yet require full skilled nursing. They typically provide a high staff to resident ratio however they normal lack an alarmed doors or a system to prevent wandering. Personal Care Homes are licensed and inspected by the state. Prior to receiving a license and they must meet certain safety regulations and the resident manager must meet certain criteria regarding education and caregiving experience.

Assisted living: For individuals who require assistance with tasks such as dressing or preparing meals but do not need skilled medical care, assisted living might offer the right amount of support. In these communities, residents can have their own apartment or suite or share a residence to help reduce costs. Along with a 24-hour staff, typical assisted living services include recreational activities, housekeeping, laundry and transportation.

Skilled Nursing: When your loved one reaches a point of needing skilled nursing care, you might consider a nursing home. These facilities offer room and board, plus round-the-clock medical care and supervision. They will also work with you regarding care planning, special nutrition issues, other medical concerns and spiritual needs.

Continuing Care Retirement Centers (CCRC’s): Offer lifetime housing that includes independent living, personal care, skilled nursing services and dementia care. The availability of multiple levels of support can be particularly beneficial to couples since it enables both to stay in the same community even when one partner requires additional care or services. Another advantage is that a person’s support system can remain uninterrupted as needs change. CCRC’s usually offer a variety of services at varying costs. Due to the high volume of available services and activities, CCRC’s can be expensive. There is usually a substantial entrance fee plus monthly charges. The fees and eligibility criteria vary for each community.

Alzheimer’s Special Care Units (SCU’s): Designed for people with memory problems. Generally, these units’ group together residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia on their own floor or wing of a larger care residence. Among the many services in an Alzheimer’s SCU, you should expect that staff has received specialized training in care needs for people with Alzheimer’s, programming caters to the needs of people with memory problems and safety measures, such as secured exits, are ensured.

Top-Rated Home Care and Support for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Patients

Dementia Helpers offers specialized home care and support services to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients throughout Chicago and the North Shore suburbs including both Cook County and Lake County. We provide our in-home dementia care and specialized memory care services to residents of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Grayslake, Gurnee, Highland Park, Fort Sheridan, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnwood, Lincolnshire, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Round Lake Beach, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Wilmette and Winnetka.

We are backed with the resources of one of America’s largest and most trusted home care service organizations.