So… your loved one is suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia… what can you do? It is so hard to watch them struggle and you know you need help… but where can you go and who can you trust?
Anyone who has ever been faced with this situation is in the same boat. We usually start asking friends and neighbors if they have any connections or advice at the same time we are frantically searching on the internet trying to find a suitable solution. There are so many options and choice of care givers, homes, nurses, attorneys… it can be overwhelming to say the least.
Without a doubt, the best way to help your loved one is to find help with the decisions BEFORE you start looking for help with the actual care. After having been through this myself, I would definitely start with a care manager before I ever considered hiring a care giver, nurse or move my mother into an Alzheimer’s Care facility in Arizona.
A qualified care manager will assess your situation and lay all of your options out for you. In our case, we paid less than $1,000 for our care manager’s initial research and needs assessment. If we had gone to her first, we would have saved thousands of wasted dollars. So when you decide it’s time for help… search for a care manager long before a care giver and hopefully, you’ll avoid some of the mistakes we made.
ALZHEIMER’S PRECLINICAL DIAGNOSTIC GUIDELINES | WHAT IS A CARE MANAGER?
ELDER CARE MEDIATION | NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING - link to: http://www.nia.nih.gov