Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
While Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are usually progressive, a person goes through stages of gradual mental and physical decline. It is helpful to continue to provide your loved one with positive interaction and meaningful activity. An adult day center can develop an individualized care plan to meet the frequently changing needs of a participant. Attending an adult day center can provide structure, purpose and pleasure for the participant. Providing structured social interaction may be very helpful to those who are in the mild or moderate stages of the disease.
Individuals in the severe stage of the disease are very dependent on others for personal care and supervision. These individuals are not eligible for adult day services due to their need for 24-hour, intense care and supervision.
An adult day center can provide care for a person with dementia. Care may include:
- A safe environment
- Opportunities for social interaction
- Personal care (assistance with bathing, grooming, etc.)
- Activities designed specifically for those with dementia
Support for the caregiver may be provided to work through the personal losses associated with dementia. This emotional support includes:
- Respite (a break) from the stresses of caregiving
- Peace of mind knowing that the individual is receiving care while away from home
- Support groups and informal support
- Alternative to nursing home placement
The Alzheimer's Association offers detailed information about the stages of the disease, treatment options, warning signs and more.