In-Home Health Care for Alzheimer’s Patients: A Valued Option

For those suffering the difficulties presented by Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, the option of in-home health care is something that likely will need to be considered eventually. In-home health care, however, is highly valued as an available option because it allows the patient to remain for as long as possible in familiar surroundings with family and friends on-hand.

According to the Mayo Clinic, it is important to consider all the options for long-term care early after diagnosis. In-home care can help relieve the primary family caregivers of constant worry and help them with their own emotional and mental states. According to the clinic, three primary types of in-home services can be considered as the disease progresses:

  • Respite—This type of care will call upon neighbors, other family, and friends to stay with the patient to provide the primary caregiver with a well-earned break. Arrangements that are more formal can be made with community service organizations or churches that provide such care.
  • Daycare—Adult daycare facilities provide opportunities for socialization to their elderly clients, with staff offering music, art, memory games, and other support programs. Some daycare centers will provide meals and transportation, but often, these are left to the primary caregiver to provide.
  • In-Home Care—A number of firms provide well-trained staff to help Alzheimer’s patients with daily living chores, including bathing, dressing, preparing meals, ensuring proper medication doses, and household maintenance and cleaning.

Services can be provided round-the-clock or just for a regular daily check-in and checkup, depending on the client’s needs. In-home aides also can help monitor the progress of the disease and report to the family or doctor about any changes.

Eventually, Alzheimer’s patients will need a level of care that will require them to be placed in an assisted living facility. However, studies have found that patients have better outcomes for longer periods if they can remain in the home as long as possible.