My father has Alzheimer’s and is beginning to be forgetful more often, but he’s physically healthy. I want him to live with me, but I need more help for when I can’t be home for long periods of time. What options do I have?

A: It sounds like your father would be a perfect candidate for what’s called ageing-in-place. Meaning he at home where he loves and feels comfortable but does so with the help of private care’s professional caregivers  who check on throughout the week. Private care clients receive individualized attention and can get help with everything from laundry and meals to playing games and chatting.

Q: What support is available for caregivers?

A: There are Alzheimer’s support groups in many towns and cities, seek one out. Also, having an extra hand can really make day-to-day life more enjoyable, which is another plus of hiring private care. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be taxing on the caregiver. Remember you are not alone in this journey, so seek support from family, friends and local resources.

Q: Who pays for private care?

A: Private care services are primarily self-paid home care services, which means patients have full control over their plans of care, including how much or little care they wish to receive.

Q: How do I know which private care agency to use?

A: It’s important to do some research before hiring anyone to come into your home and provide care. First, it’s important to understand the difference between hiring an agency vs a registry. An agency employs caregivers and is responsible for holding insurance on the employee. In addition, an agency may conduct drug testing and background checks to ensure maximum safety for the client. In addition, agency invest in employees by providing education and skills training. A registry does not employ its caregivers; they are contractors and held to a different standard than a licensed private care agency.

This article is intended for educational purposes only. For specific concerns, please speak with your doctor.

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