Deciding to become the primary caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a daunting task. Luckily, there are many professional services available to help and ease the burden of becoming a loved one’s primary care giver.
Geriatric care manager:
A geriatric care manager is a professional who can help manage some of the patient’s care. A geriatric care manager is often a nurse or a social worker who can assess the situation and then oversee every aspect of the care. The care manager will assess the needs of the patient and help draft a care plan outlining what services should be provided.
Valley Area Agency on Aging:
The local Valley Area Agency on Aging can help assess the needs of an Alzheimer’s patient and counsel the family regarding benefits and services that are available. Many Valley Area Agencies offer the services ranging from periodic visits, support programs, transportation, home-delivered meals and senior centers.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a wide variety of programs to assist you in caring for your loved one. One available service is the nationwide safe return program that provides support and assistance if a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia wanders and becomes lost. If a patient enrolled in the program is missing, one call to the Alzheimer’s Association well help reunite the lost person with his or her caregiver by working with law enforcement. Also, the Alzheimer’s Association can provide referrals and recommendations regarding other professional services.
Elder Law Attorney:
After a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another related dementia, an elder law attorney should be contacted as soon as possible. The elder law attorney can help the patient and their family find their way through the variety of available services. Also, an elder law attorney will ensure that all legal documents are in order before the patient becomes incapacitated. Finally, an elder law attorney can help you qualify for Medicaid benefits to help pay for the cost of care and protect your assets from long term care costs.