Preparing for Alzheimer's & Dementia Care - Important Questions to Ask
March 17, 2016
Below are a few questions that need to be considered when preparing for Alzheimer’s and Dementia care for your loved one:
Who will make healthcare and financial decisions on their behalf when they are no longer able to do so?
While this may be a difficult topic to bring up, if your loved one is still coherent enough, talking to them about this and getting their wishes down on paper means their wishes will be respected to the best of the families ability. This makes the families like much easier as well instead of being left to wonder if they are making a decision the loved one would be happy with. You’ll want to consider power of attorney, both for finances and for healthcare.
How will care needs be met?
Caregiving is a large commitment that gets bigger over time. The person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia will eventually need round-the-clock care. Communication is essential to make sure that the needs of the patient are met, and that the caregiver has the support to meet those needs.
Where will the person live?
Does their current home work for their lifestyle and disability? If the person is currently living alone, for example, or far from any family or other support, it may be necessary to relocate or consider a facility with more support.