Your loved one with dementia might reach a point where they can no longer take care of themselves and have the same quality of life at home as they would have had before the onset of dementia. Individuals with dementia frequently wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible. However, this is difficult for caregivers as they struggle to look after their loved ones and provide the care necessary to maintain their quality of life. There are various dementia care options available if the time comes when you need them. 

It’s critical to understand and carefully examine long-term care alternatives if you’re caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Consider your alternatives, which include everything from respite care, assisted living and specialised dementia care. 

It can be difficult, scary, and stressful to figure out which dementia care choice is ideal for your loved one. The sort of dementia care you pick will be determined by the stage of the disease and your loved one’s individual care needs. As the condition advances, the sort of dementia care options required will most likely vary.

Specialised dementia care is highly sought after for dementia patients who can no longer live safely on their own. Carers at specialised dementia care homes are appropriately qualified and some have completed specialized dementia and memory care training.

Dementia Care Options

Home Care – As human beings, we like familiarity and your loved one might prefer staying in the comfort of their home. Well-known sights and noises will assist your loved one with Alzheimer’s at home, but a few alterations may be required to make the home easy to traverse and safe. Your loved one may also need to be looked after by a carer at all times.

Respite Care – Respite care, also known as companion care, allows a family caregiver to take a break. It provides proper supervision and opportunities for meaningful social engagement for the individual with Alzheimer’s disease. You can use informal respite care from family or friends or respite services from a facility like Livewell.

Assisted Living – An assisted living facility is a residential program that offers services to persons who can live independently but need additional assistance. Individuals who require assistance with duties such as dressing or food preparation but do not require specialized medical care may find assisted living to be the ideal fit. Residents in these communities can have their own apartment or suite or share a dwelling to save money. Dining, housekeeping, laundry, recreational activities, and transportation are all common assisted living services, in addition to 24-hour personnel.

Specialised Dementia Care – People with memory loss problems require specialised dementia care. Whilst there are many nursing homes, retirement villages and frail care options available for seniors, people living with memory loss disorders need specialised care. At Livewell, we pride ourselves on providing specialised dementia and Alzheimer’s care services to our residents. Our multidisciplinary healthcare team, all contributes to the holistic care of our dementia care residents, ranging from our own nursing team (employed and trained nursing and care workers), to our specialised support network of healthcare professionals (such as nutritionists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, geriatricians, physicians, psychologists, social workers and more).

When is it best to choose a dementia care facility over other care options?

If your loved one needs more monitoring or assistance than a standard assisted living facility can provide, he or she may benefit from specialised dementia care.  To maintain and preserve their quality of life as well as their safety, people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease require high-level and specialized care. Family members often care for loved ones with early-stage and mid-stage Alzheimer’s, but as the disease progresses, the disease’s consequences can overwhelm them. Professional dementia care solutions are frequently sought at this time. 

Residents of a specialized dementia care facility, such as Livewell Estates, will get round-the-clock care from skilled nursing staff and access to other medical professionals. Long-term dementia care, rather than just daycare, will assist loved ones to feel at peace in their surroundings as they become acclimated to them. They will feel safer if they are in familiar settings. They will also be surrounded by carers as a resident who will assist them in settling into a new routine.

Although there is no cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, there are therapies that can enhance a patient’s quality of life and potentially decrease the illness’s course. Livewell Estates, a specialized dementia care facility, focuses on memory care in addition to physical and medical treatment. Each resident gets a personalized program that includes, but is not limited to, companions, memory-stimulating activities, and nutritional needs.

Each situation is unique, but communicating with your loved one early on in the disease and soliciting feedback from family members can enable you to dementia care option that is best for them. Remember that placing your loved ones in an Alzheimer’s care facility ensures that they will be thoroughly looked after and cared for by experienced professionals.