This is a guest post by Jone Darring.
Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease, but it has been said that allowing a loved one to reside in his own home may help slow the progress of the disease. Unfortunately, the patient will need continuous care and that means finding someone who can help out. While you may not be able to stay with your loved one 24/7, you can hire someone to take care of him.
Here are a few tips on how to find in-home support for family members with Alzheimer’s.
Hire a Home Companion
You don’t necessarily need to hire a medical professional to watch over your loved one. In the beginning stages, you may just need someone to be there to remind your loved one to take her medicine, make sure she eats regularly, and will call emergency services should they be needed. A home companion might also take your loved one to doctor’s appointments, run errands with her, and even take care of housework. The costs of a home companion can vary greatly, depending on where you live.
Ask Health Insurance Companies About Offered Services
If your loved one has insurance, you should call the insurance company to find out if they will cover the costs of hiring a medical professional to care for your loved one. You will also need to check the rules and regulations because the provider may require you to hire someone from a certain network of providers.
Sign Up with Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is another great service for those with Alzheimer’s. Those with Alzheimer’s may not be able to cook and their home companions or nurses may not offer those services. This will help ensure that your loved one always has something nutritious to eat when you’re not able to stop by.
Research Home Health Nurses and Experts
Last, but not least, if the insurance provider will cover the costs, or you can afford it, your best bet is to hire a nurse or health expert to care for your loved one. This can be more expensive than hiring a home companion, but will ensure that your loved one is in the care of someone who is educated enough to care for her condition.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most difficult diseases people face when caring for their elderly parents. Thankfully, there are a number of services you can use to help ensure your loved one is well taken care of. Whether it’s a home companion that watches over him or a nurse that offers care, you will feel better knowing that your loved one is cared for when you can’t be there.
Author Bio: Jone Darring loves studying health and wellness and is working to become a Physician’s Assistant. She currently works as a public health counselor and regularly lectures on mental health, care for the elderly, women’s health, how to eliminate candida, and pediatric care.