If you have a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, you may want to consider getting them in-home medical care. This is more convenient to them because there is no need for them to experience the difficulty of being transported to the doctor’s office. Not all in-home medical services are the same. You need to make sure you look into your options in order to find the best care your loved one requires.
Create a list of your needs – Before contacting prospective providers, create a list of care needs (e.g., meal preparation, toileting) as well as your expectations on how these needs will be met.
Ask for recommendations – Starting with family and friends, ask for recommendations. You may also want to ask health care providers, including doctors, nurses and social workers. Reach out to local aging organizations, check with colleagues, ask fellow support group or church members, and look at local newspapers.
Call first – When you call to screen in-home care providers, find out what kind of help they offer and if it meets your specific needs.