If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's, they may need more care than you can provide them. In this situation, you may be looking into placing them in an assisted living facility. However, those with Alzheimer's have different needs than those with other conditions. Here are a few factors you should consider when looking for a care facility for someone with Alzheimer's.
If They Accept Your Loved One's Insurance
Paying for an assisted living facility out of pocket will get expensive quickly. Fortunately, many insurance companies will pay some or all of the costs of this type of facility if it is medically-warranted for your loved one. Unfortunately, they may only contract with certain care centers. Unless you or your loved one can afford to pay out of pocket, always ask their insurance company which facilities they contract with and how much they will pay for each facility.
What Services They Offer To Someone With Alzheimer's
Those with Alzheimer's do not always remember things well. As such, they can forget where they are or how to care for themselves. When looking for a facility, look for one that has services for those with Alzheimer's. This may include therapy services or activities geared toward memory retention skills. They may also have some sort of tracking device to track your loved one if they wander off. Ask a facility this question before setting up a tour.
When Visiting Hours Are
The last factor that you need to consider when selecting an assisted living facility for a loved one with Alzheimer's is when visiting hours for the center are. Many facilities try to stick to a routine, as this is best for memory retention. However, if visiting hours don't match your availability or work schedule, it can be hard to visit and spend time with your loved one. Some centers are rigid when it comes to visiting hours while others and lenient. Always ask a facility what their visiting hours are for family, if they are stringent to with these rules, and if their are exceptions, such as if your loved one is sick or it is their birthday.
Selecting a care facility for a loved one to receive Alzheimer's care is a big decision. However, paying attention to the three factors listed above will help you zero in on the center that is best for your loved one. This will help ensure they receive the care and attention they need to thrive.