- By US Department of Health and Human ServicesJune 4, 2012
- By US Department of Health and Human Services
As Alzheimer's disease progresses, you may need to consider in-home assistance or residential care facilities. There are several easy-to-use tools to help you figure out your needs and find care assistance.
Deciding Where to Live
Staying at Home: Most people prefer to stay at home for as long as possible. Staying at home often requires two elements: 1) finding care providers who will come to the home; and 2) adapting the home to reduce obstacles that hinder caregiving and make the home unsafe for a person with Alzheimer's disease. In many cases, small changes to the home can make it possible to live at home longer.
- Eldercare.gov has answers on how to modify your home for caregiving.
- The Alzheimer's Association's CareFinder is an interactive tool that recommends care options and provides a list of questions to ask when screening a care provider.
- The Eldercare Locator allows you to find help in your community by searching by ZIP code or city and state.
Home- and Community-Based Services
- The Alzheimer's Association has a list of services that may be included in home- and community-based services waivers.
- The Alzheimer's Association explains available types of care centers and resources to find care facilities.
Types of Licensed Residences in Your Area
Residential Care: If staying at home is no longer an option, there are different kinds of facilities that take care of people with Alzheimer's.
- Medicare's Nursing Home Compare can help you find and compare nursing homes.
- The Eldercare Locator provides answers to common questions and information about assisted living facilities.
- The Alzheimer's Association's Senior Housing Finder has various filters to search for a care facility, including city and state, county, ZIP code or other options.
- The Alzheimer's Foundation of America provides names and links to dementia care settings that meet its national standards.
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