Choosing the type of care

To determine which type of care is best for your loved one, consider the following questions:

  • Does your loved one need help preparing meals or taking care of other personal needs?
  • Does your loved one need help taking medications or managing other medical problems, such as heart disease or diabetes?
  • Does your loved one need 24-hour supervision or special care? If so, what type of skills must a caregiver have to provide that care?
  • Would you prefer a facility that specializes in Alzheimer's care?
  • How will you cover the costs of your loved one's care?

Keep in mind that some settings aren't designed for people who have Alzheimer's — and as your loved one's needs change, options for care might change as well. Any new care arrangement you make will involve blending your capabilities as a caregiver with your loved one's needs.

Sharing the burden improves care

Remember that seeking help can ease the physical and emotional burdens of caregiving — and the earlier you consider the options, the better. If you wait until a crisis arises, you might be pressured to make a hasty decision. Instead, take time now to evaluate your loved one's future options.

April 04, 2013 See more In-depth