It’s unfortunate that an estimated 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and require daily care.
It’s scary, and what is even scarier is that by 2050, it is estimated that over 100 million people will require Alzheimer’s care in some form or another, and while we all wish this terrible disease did not exist, the fact of the matter is that it does.
If you have a loved one that needs care due to Alzheimer’s disease, then you need to find a proper living facility as quickly as possible.
These types of facilities have dedicated Memory Care programs that allow residents to live in secure units within the facility that are specifically designed to accommodate the special needs of individuals that are living with different types of dementia (the most obvious case being Alzheimer’s disease).
Typically, there are two things you must look for when finding a facility that provides Alzheimer’s care:
1. Resident safety/supervision.
2. Structured routines for residents.
If the facility has optimal safety and supervision, then you can have the peace of mind to know that they will properly accommodate residents that have Alzheimer’s disease.
It is important to know what types of structured routines and activities the facility offers, mealtimes, what type of mail each resident with dementia it is given, and so on.
Additionally, you need to ensure that the facility provides visual cues for residents (e.g. photo cue cards, memory boxes with personal items near the residents’ room, and so on).
This in turn will allow a resident to find their way around the facility, as well as enjoy their time spent at said facility.
How is Alzheimer’s Care Paid For?
Typically, Alzheimer’s care is paid for via private funds.
There are however a few exceptions, one being that it is possible to pay for Alzheimer’s care via long-term care insurance policies that cover licensed assisted living.
Additionally, in a few states, Medicaid funds are also present to help with assisted living costs.
How it Alzheimer’s Care Regulated?
Alzheimer’s care is regulated at the state level.
Every state has their own policies that aim to define and ultimately regulate which types of care and services are actually required for an assisted living community to meet their states’ standards.
Additionally, skilled nursing and rehab centers are also regulated at both the state and federal levels.
They are also licensed and regulated by the Department of Public Health for each state, and are likewise certified by both Medicaid and Medicare.
Finally, there are licensing standards for both administrators and the clinical staff.
Need Help Finding Alzheimer Care?
If you need help finding Alzheimer care, then please contact Assisted Living Services Of Florida (ALSF) today and allow us to help you to find the best facility/community that will take the best care of your loved one whom is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. By doing so, you will be assured that your loved one obtains quality care, allowing you and your family to have the peace of mind to know that they are always taken care of.