In-home caregiver services, adult day cares, assisted living facilities
with memory care units, and nursing home facilities may be alternatives
depending on the circumstances.
Costs for any of these options vary. Home care costs may vary depending
on the location and types of services and care being provided (e.g. personal
care services, companion services, nursing services, etc.). The cost of
other options varies by institution/community and to some extent the type
of care being received. For example, some provide all-inclusive payment
plans, while others have an a la carte component. Some are not intended
to provide on-site long-term skilled nursing care, while others are focused
on the segment of the population that needs that kind of care. Some accept
payment sources such as Medicaid, while others do not.
When making a decision as to what kind of care is appropriate for a loved
one and where that care should be received, the opinion of licensed professionals
is of paramount importance. For example, an independent geriatric care
manager can be of great assistance to a family throughout this process,
and when working with the elder law attorney, financial advisor(s), and
other key senior service providers (the “senior services advisor
team”), the transition to the appropriate level and location of
care can be much more comfortable for the Dementia patient, and ultimately,
less expensive as well.
Families should take note that this kind of decision-making is a process
and not just an event. While the initial identification of flexible options
for care that take into account the progressive nature of the disease
is important, ongoing interaction with the senior services advisor team
may be both helpful and necessary.
If someone you know suffers from Dementia, please do not hesitate to reach
out to us. We can help you evaluate your options for planning and the
costs associated with the necessary and desired level of caregiving. We
can be reached at (203) 651-5521.