When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or any other degenerative disease, it means they will require constant home care. At such a point, life gets more challenging and can take a toll on the caregivers’ emotions and finances.
Being an Alzheimer’s caregiver is a herculean task that should be carried out from a place of love. We at EQC Home Care are excellent caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients.
We take care of your loved ones with love and compassion, just like family, so that you can take some weight off your shoulders.
Here is a list of resources and background information that will help you give your patient the best care possible.
1. Getting started
The Alzheimer’s Association is a good place to start for anyone whose loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
The national group has a website and a hotline (800-272-3900) that is accessible 24/7. Their goal is to give older Americans access to the community services and resources that they need so they can stay in their own homes and live independently and with dignity.
They offer a wide range of services, such as help with Medicare or Medicaid, finding legal help, delivering meals to people who can’t leave their homes, giving support to caregivers, etc.
2. Caregivers’ online support group
Online support groups exist. One of such groups is the AARP Family Caregivers Discussion Group. This Facebook group was created for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other illnesses.
It’s a support group that helps caregivers adjust to this life-changing situation as they provide the best care to their patients.
3. Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare is a national health insurance program run by the government for people with certain disabilities who are over 65 years old.
This program covers home care for Alzheimer’s patients, but it doesn’t cover meal delivery or home services like shopping, cleaning, or laundry. It also does not cover personal care like bathing, dressing, going to the bathroom, etc.
On the other hand, Medicaid is health insurance used by about 80 million low-income earners, children, pregnant women, families with children, the elderly, adults, and children with disabilities. Both the state and the federal governments are responsible for paying for it.
Patients can get a variety of home and community-based services (HCBS) through Medicaid. These include dressing or bathing, meals, caregiving training, respite care, transportation, and a lot more.
4. Veterans benefits
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gives wartime veterans and qualified survivors that are 65 years of age or older a monthly benefit.
The essence is to alleviate the burden of paying for long-term care if they can’t leave their homes or need help with things like bathing, dressing, eating, and going to the bathroom. For a single veteran with no dependents, the benefit is about $2,000 per month.
5. Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers
The National Institute on Aging has established 33 centers across the state that conduct up-to-date research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
These centers are in charge of diagnosing patients and letting caregivers know about the latest treatments, studies, and clinical trials.
Contact Us Today For Home Care Services
We at EQC Home Care will leave no stone unturned to ensure your loved ones receive the best care under our watch. Our in-home caregivers are well-trained to ensure the well-being of your loved ones at all times. Give us a call today!