Today’s seniors live longer than their predecessors of 50 years ago, mostly due to vigilant healthcare protocols and early disease detection. Nevertheless, there are still strides to be gained in quality of life during those golden years. About a third of all seniors who are over the age of
60 have Alzheimer’s disease. Fast deterioration of one’s brain function is a prominent symptom of this debilitating ailment. Alzheimer’s disease can erase a lifetime of memories and hard-earned work skills in a matter of months. Modem society has never faced such a fearsome foe. As a caregiver, you don’t have to battle this disease by yourself. Home care options are available for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families. Here’s what you can expect from today’s in-home care services, tools, and programs for those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
In-Home Alzheimer’s Care Services
The demand for professional home care is high, and the expected increase in seniors who will develop Alzheimer’s disease is a major reason for the growing need for those services. According to research conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association, there are about 5.7 million Americans who currently live with this disease. That number is projected to increase to 14 million by 2050.
All home care service providers are not the same. You’ll need to do thoughtful research to locate the right one based on your loved one’s unique service requirements. Alzheimer’s victims often lose the ability to remember how to do basic tasks like bathing, grooming, cooking and house cleaning. When your loved one forgets how to button his shirt or tum on her shower, in-home care that includes companion, personal care and homemaker services help them.
Benefits of Home Care for Alzheimer’s Sufferers The care for Alzheimer’s sufferers often falls on family members who are untrained and ill-equipped to handle the the devastation that this disease causes. Once afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, your loved one’s memories begin to flashback to the past. As they wander off searching for former residences and friends, they risk being harmed by unkind strangers. Professionally trained health aides lift the burden on family caregivers and provide Alzheimer’s sufferers with companionship, supervision and security.
There is much evidence that dietary modifications and vigorous exercise can help to slow and even reverse cognitive decline. Medical doctor and best-selling author Dr. Mark Hyman concludes that Alzheimer’s patients show the most progress when they consume a plant-based diet that balances blood sugar levels. His research is respected by both conventional and functional medicine communities. Hiring a home care professional gives you the opportunity to find that special person who can prepare the nutritious meals that will best benefit your loved one. You get to select home health aides who are trained to assist seniors with regular exercise routines that are safe and effective for them.
The memory blanks of Alzheimer’s disease is scary enough for your relative. A decision to move them into the unfamiliar surroundings of an assisted living facility would cause them added stress. With home care services, your loved one can keep their everyday routines in comfort.
Ways to Pay for Alzheimer’s Home Care
Americans pay billions of dollars for Alzheimer’s care, and industry analysts expect increases in costs in the future. Public and private funds assist families that have been impacted by the disease. The success of your application for home care financial assistance depends on your loved one’s income requirements and needs. Here are some popular programs.
State Medicaid Waivers
Usually, Medicaid doesn’t cover in-home care for Alzheimer’s patients. Each state’s Medicaid Waiver programs, however, pay for in-home care for those who have functional disabilities that prevent them from taking care of themselves.
State-Funded, Non-Medicaid Assistance Programs Nearly every state and the District of Columbia have funds set aside for in-home care services for seniors. Americans who live in New England rely on programs such as the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders, Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program, Vermont Home Access Program & Sue Williams Freedom Fund and Vermont Dementia Care Respite. Mid-Atlantic residents are served by the New York Community Services for the Elderly, New York RESTORE Program, New Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving, New Jersey Statewide Respite Care Program, Maryland Senior Care Services Program and Maryland In-home Aide Services. If you live in the South, you’ll be interested in the Texas Community Attendant Services, Texas Community Care for the Aged / Disabled, Florida Project R.E.L.LE.F. and Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative.
Assistance for Veterans
If your loved one served in the armed forces, you can get financial help for their care through the U.S.