We have already written an article about living with Huntington’s disease and this time we will discuss options for people living with dementia. Dementia can be very frustrating and have a huge impact on families. Thus, you must see what your options are and if you need to send your loved one to a nursing facility.
Living With Dementia at Home
Many people suffering from some kind of dementia hope to stay in their homes and avoid nursing facilities if possible. In that case, it may be difficult to balance your role as a parent, caregiver, and worker. The time will come when you feel there is just too much on your shoulders and that you need more support.
Here are some options you can consider:
Home Health Care
This term refers to both medical and caregiving services, and is most common for people living with dementia. Home health care provides various of different services: assistance in everyday activities, exercise, medication management, and much more. This can be especially helpful when you are not at home and there is no one to take care of your loved one.
In contrast to the previous option, home care doesn’t provide any medical support.
Engage Your Family Members
If there are more family members who would like to help engage them, then this is a very pleasing option. Sit all together, make a schedule for the next week or month, and you can be sure there is always someone looking after your loved one.
Of course, these are not the only options for people living with dementia, but are the most common. In addition, there are adult day care programs, respite care, hospice care, etc. Living with dementia is possible even at home, but a good organization is needed. If you organize yourself well, it will be much easier for both you and your loved ones.
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