Today it’s uncommon to find someone who hasn’t been directly or indirectly affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia. According to the National Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 1 in every 3 seniors who dies each year has one of these diseases.
Due to advances in medicine, people are living longer. Since Alzheimer’s and dementia are diseases associated with aging, more of the elderly and their families will continue to be affected.
Keen Life Care Managers are here to help reduce your stress and support your loved one. Safe, quality care can most often be provided at home. When this is not an option, Keen Life Care Managers will assist you in finding an alternative solution.
Expert Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Begins with a Team
- The loved one and his or her family members
- Friends and neighbors
- Healthcare experts: Primary care physicians, neurologists, gero-psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists
- Memory Care Experts: Life Care Managers, caregivers trained in dementia care, support groups, and the programs at the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org)
- Memory care facilities and adult day programs
The journey of Alzheimer’s and dementia is often a long one. Family members are overwhelmed by attempting to care for their loved one while juggling their own needs. Reaching out to a Life Care Manager may be one of the best calls you ever make.
Keen Life Care Managers evaluate your situation and help you create a plan.
Step 1: Comprehensive Assessment
- Medical history and diagnosis
- Cognitive evaluation
- Functional mobility evaluation
- Nutritional needs assessment
- Identify care support team members
- Quantity and frequency of needed care
- Review critical documents
- Financial resources
- Home evaluation for safety and durable medical equipment
- Medication management
- Need for family caregiver training
- Care facility options
Step 2: Create a Plan for Care Based on Assessment Findings
- Make physician appointments to address areas of concern
- Referrals to medical specialists
- Recommendations for home safety modifications and/or safety devices
- Assist in acquiring caregivers trained in dementia
- Determine caregiver schedules based on needs
- Coordinate communication & collaboration with care team members
- Create an activity plan to enhance quality of life and joy
- Referrals to trusted advisors (elder law attorneys, conservators, fiduciaries, trust officers)
- Identify short- and long-term goals
- Monitor and escalate plan as needs change
- Support the needs of the “Captain of the Ship” on the family care team