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What are residential care options for those with Alzheimer’s?

You want to help an elderly loved one who has Alzheimer’s with long-term care planning. Because of the medical diagnosis, she or he needs special housing and medical care.

The National Institute on Aging breaks down a few residential care options for those with Alzheimer’s. Help your loved one age with dignity while getting the right medical attention.

Assisted living facility

At assisted living facilities, residents get help with daily care. Some facilities have units for Alzheimer’s residents. There, patients have someone to check on and care for them.

Continuing care retirement community

Depending on your loved one’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, she or he may not need much day-to-day care. A continuing care retirement community could offer a viable solution. One benefit of such facilities is residents may switch between a home, room or apartment, depending on the level of care they need. If your loved one’s condition worsens, she or he receives additional supervised care.

Group home

Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who cannot take care of themselves could benefit from living in a group home. There, they live with others in similar situations, along with at least two group home staff members. Before moving your loved one into a group home, ask about regulations and inspections.

Nursing homes

Some Massachusetts nursing homes have special units for Alzheimer’s residents. Your loved one lives in a building with other residents with the progressive disease. Employees with special training look after these residents.

You and your loved one both deserve to know all your options for reliable long-term care. The right option could serve as the linchpin to your long-term care plan.

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