Are you conducting research on long term care for Alzheimers patients? You may be interested to know that there are several care options for Alzheimers patients. These include assisted living apartments, assisted living facilities, Alzheimer care homes, and independent living retirement communities. In some cases, Alzheimers patients may need, or choose, to live in nursing homes.
Genworth Financial conducted a recent study where it was found that over half of the participants’ greatest fear was to contract an illness that would require long-term care and result in their being a burden to their families. It is interesting to note that this was of greater concern to them than dying.
ProMatura Group, LLC’s 2009 Independent Living Report outlined the benefits of living in an independent retirement community. In addition to making new friends, the residents of these communities also engaged in new activities. Furthermore, most of the participants stated that they had a much more positive experience than they had previously anticipated.
If you’re considering assisted living residences, they tend of offer these and other types of services:
- 24-hour supervision
- Public dining rooms that serve three meals a day and snacks
- Personal care services
- Medication management
- Social services
- Transportation arrangements
In addition to providing the services above, assisted living residences can also provide a range of individual and social activities such as memory care activities for seniors. All of these services are intended to promote independent living as well as provide quality life experiences.
Approximately four-out-of-ten residents living in these types of communities receive assistance with three or more daily-living activities. The most common requests are for bathing and dressing.
Many of the residents in these communities, approximately three-fourths, experience a minimum of two chronic conditions. In addition to high blood pressure, the most-common chronic conditions include Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
When looking for long term care for Alzheimers patients, it’s important to carefully consider the available options. While many seniors would prefer living at home in familiar surroundings, an assisted living community can become this for them. Since they will be able to receive beneficial services when needed, an assisted living community may be the best choice for independent seniors needing some level of care.