As much as you love the partner, parent or friend that you are caring for, there will come a time when it all gets too much, and you might need a little bit of help. And that is okay, dealing with dementia is hard, especially when it is affecting someone you love.
When you husband can no longer get dressed by himself or when your mother can no longer feed herself you may feel that the time has come to get some support.
The question is, what kind of support do you need? There are so many different types of dementia support to choose from. From hiring a private nurse or sending them to adult day care to joining a support group or putting them in a nursing home, it can be hard to know what to do for the best.
Here we have put together a simple guide to help you make an informed decision about the type of care your loved one needs.
What can you afford?
Before settling on a certain form of care, think about what you or your family member suffering from dementia can afford. The cheapest care option would be adult day care, the most expensive care option would be putting your loved one in a nursing home.
It is important to think about the financial side of choosing the best type of care for your loved one, the main question being, can you afford it? You could also look into whether your loved one has a health care insurance policy that would cover the cost of their care fees.
What is at home care?
At home care is when you hire a private nurse to come into your home and care for your loved one. This can include anything from dealing with your parent or partners personal hygiene to supervising them while they take their medication.
You can hire a nurse to pop in for a couple of hours or to spend the day caring for your loved one while you are out at work or dealing with other things.
What does nursing home care entail?
Nursing home care offers a long-term care package for your loved one, it is where they move out of your home and go and live in a nursing home full time. For more advanced dementia cases, this can be an excellent choice.
If you are considering investing in nursing home care for your loved one, it is important to do a lot of research beforehand. Some nursing homes are not as nice as others while some like the Drumconner Nursing Homes, have been given awards for their excellent standards of care.
What is adult day care?
Adult day care offers a safe and friendly environment for you to leave your loved one in during the day. Allowing you to go to work or get on with whatever you need to do.
Adult day care centres have different activities on throughout the day, including things like arts and crafts and baking. When choosing a daycare centre, it is important to ask the same questions and do the same research as you would when picking a nursing home.