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Alzheimer's Care

Older adults who live with Alzheimer's disease are increasing in numbers every day. According to the Alzheimer's Association, one American develops Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds. By 2050, that number is projected to increase to every 33 seconds. As a result, the demand for Alzheimer's care is soaring.

Types of Alzheimer's Care

For those living with Alzheimer's disease, there are three different types of senior care that can help: in-home care, memory care assisted living and memory care in a nursing home.


In-home care for Alzheimer's disease - This level of care is typically a way to support an aging loved one in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease. They may need assistance with bathing, dressing, medication management, light housekeeping and meal preparation. Families often use the companion care services an in-home care agency offers to help keep a loved one safe at home. Especially if they have a history of wandering.

Memory Care Assisted Living - A memory care assisted living program offers all of the benefits of a traditional assisted living community with enhanced support to meet the unique needs of those with Alzheimer's disease. Those enhancements include: a staff that receives specialized training on how to work with patients with Alzheimer's disease, life enrichment activities that support memory loss, and meals that accommodate the limitations the disease often creates. Memory care assisted living programs are secured with an alarm system to prevent wandering.

Memory Care in a Nursing Home - Residents of a memory care program that is located in a nursing home often have reached the final stages of the disease. They typically require around the clock care. The environment is usually more like a healthcare facility in appearance because these residents often live with additional medical conditions or complications caused by Alzheimer's disease.

Benefits of Alzheimer's care

Older adults living with Alzheimer's disease benefit from the support services of in-home care or a memory care program in a variety of ways. They include:

Security. When adult children can't be there around the clock, an in-home companion or a secure memory care program can keep your loved one safe. Safety features included alarms on exterior doors and windows, fire detection systems and 24/7 on-site staff.

Specialty Staff. Most memory care providers offer their own in-house training programs for staff who work with Alzheimer's patients. Staff receives training on how to manage difficult behaviors like Sundowner's syndrome and wandering. They are also trained in the best ways to work with those living with Alzheimer's disease who have lost their verbal abilities.

Life Enrichment. One of the greatest advantages a memory care assisted living program or memory care in a nursing home has to offer is the opportunity for life enrichment. Activities throughout the day are designed to support the mental and physical impairments Alzheimer's disease causes, while still allowing residents to be as independent as is safely possible. Staff uses activities such as reminiscence therapy, music and art to help engage residents.

Nutrition. As the disease progresses, those living with Alzheimer's disease have difficulty preparing their own meals. Eventually, most will require assistance eating. Employing caregivers to help prepare meals or having a loved one move to a memory care program can help ensure they are getting nutritious meals that work with their limitations. Finger foods, for example, make it easier for Alzheimer's residents to eat on their own.

The Cost of Alzheimer's Care

On average you should expect to spend between $1,500 and $7,000 per month on care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. Read more about costs in an assisted living community, nursing home or in-home care to better understand pricing and what types of payment are accepted.

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