I know that this is a difficult time during the journey of caregiving. People with dementia eventually require full-time supervision, and, due to this, many families are not able to continue to care for them in their own homes. Relationships between different family members are very individual. It can be hard not to feel guilty, but it’s important to focus on balancing your own needs, the needs of the people who depend on you, along with the needs of the person with dementia. Here is a brief summary of the different living options available:
Assisted living facilities can vary greatly in size and the amenities that they offer. When someone has a need for ongoing supervision and help with activities of daily living (such as dressing and bathing) due to a brain disorder, they will usually reside in a “memory care” wing or a floor in the facility where the full scope of assistance is provided. These are private pay.
Another alternative is a “board and care,” which is a six-bed private home in which older adults with physical and cognitive issues live together. Nursing aides are there around the clock, and rooms can either be shared or individual. Typically, there are fewer activities and entertainment options here, but there is more individualized attention. These are private pay but less expensive than memory care.
A nursing home is known as a “medical model” and is staffed by nurses and assistants. People can stay at a nursing home either for a short time (usually for rehabilitation) or for a longer term (custodial care). Medicare pays for short-term stays. Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California, will pay for a person to receive care at a nursing home if they are unable to afford living in a private facility.
It’s not an easy process but the care counselors at Alzheimer’s Los Angeles are here to help you navigate finding the right kind of long-term care for your loved one. Call us at 844-435-7259 or find us at our website at www.alzheimersla.org. Questions for Miriam can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.