Tuesday, July 13, 2010

USA Today: Consider Paid Help in Your Care Plan

USA Today today published a piece in which experts encouraged Alzheimer's caregivers to seek paid help.

About 70% of families coping with Alzheimer's and other dementia have loved ones who live at home, the Alzheimer's Association says. Most of those families do not have any assistance from paid health workers; family members and friends do all the care.

This week, a study will be reported from the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease meeting in Honolulu on the influence of diagnosis and care management on health care costs. Experts say having no outside help can take a toll on caregivers and patients alike.

The article also outlines options for assistance, including in-home care, adult day care, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. It's a good read, and one that many caregivers trying to go it alone will want to read.

Article: Alzheimer's experts: Don't hestitate to get paid help