Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Must Read: Help for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Today the Los Angeles Times rolled out a package of articles on Alzheimer's disease, including one on help for Alzheimer's caregivers. It explains various options and includes adult day care centers such as those operated by the Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers.

"Most people are going to need some help at home with the person they're caring for at some point," Kennedy says. Adult day services are one resource. They provide Alzheimer's patients with a safe environment in which to spend the day and caregivers some much-needed respite. Some programs are paid for by Medicaid, while others accept only private pay. Medicare does not cover the cost of adult day services.

The benefits of adult day health care services are many, including allowing a caregiver to continue working to support the family, resting to stay healthy themselves and providing their loved one quality care that keeps them active and mentally engaged so they return home at the end of the day with a sense of accomplishment and renewed friendships.

This is a must-read for anyone currently or expecting to care for a loved one with Alzheimer's. Taking action now can extend the quality of life for everyone in a family.

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