Alzheimer’s Care in Jenkintown PA
Your dad has Alzheimer’s. It’s been a tough time for you and the rest of your family, especially considering that you don’t know what he’s going to need with regard to support and care.
Determining just how much help he’s going to require can be challenging, and the best way to go about it is by asking questions. Here are 5 questions to ask that just might help you figure out what’s needed in this situation.
1. What do you want?
Asking your father what he wants is crucial in this process. It’s so easy to get caught up in the desire to take care of him and make sure he has everything he needs, but then you think from your own perspective and concerns.
Even though your father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, that doesn’t mean he can’t make decisions for himself, especially about his own care.
2. Do you feel safe?
Safety is one of the primary concerns for seniors and their families as they get older. When you add in dementia, it can be an overwhelming challenge to stay safe at all times, but it doesn’t have to be.
Relying on a home care aide to support him throughout the day and into the evening or nighttime hours might be just what he needs to stay and feel safe.
3. How much support does he need?
It may be necessary to ask yourself this question, him, and maybe even an experienced professional. Everyone’s situation is different, so he might not need the kind of care and support you assume he needs … at the moment.
4. What can you expect in the years ahead?
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and that means the signs and symptoms of this disease are going to grow more severe as the years march on. It’s best to have a decent overall expectation about what might happen in the years ahead so you and he are properly prepared, especially when it comes to support services.
5. What can you afford?
There are plenty of senior care options available for seniors with Alzheimer’s, but home care is the most affordable one. In fact, when compared to nursing home care and assisted living, in home care services is less than half (on a national average) than those other.
Home care is also the more preferred care option for seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s. The more questions you ask, the more likely you’ll determine the proper level of care your father needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Jenkintown, PA, contact the caring professionls at Right at Home of East Montgomery and South Bucks County at 215-995-2674.
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