Choosing the type of care

To locate resources in your area, check the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. When trying 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?
  • Will the facility care for your relative in a manner similar to yours?

Some settings aren't well-suited to support those living with Alzheimer's disease. 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 relative's needs.

Sharing the load improves care

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 make a hasty decision. Instead, take time now to evaluate your loved one's current needs and future options.

March 25, 2016 See more In-depth