Local Resources for Alzheimer's Care

How to Find Alzheimer's Care Help Near You

The editors of Caring.com recommend these local resources for family caregivers:

 

Adult Day Services (also called adult daycare or respite care)

 

Adult day care in Caring.com local directory

What they do: Offer social activities and basic health services to seniors in need of supervised care; many provide door-to-door transportation, meals, and personal care; some offer specialized services to those with dementia or disabilities

SEE ALSO: Find Memory Care Near You

Cost: $25 to $70 a day or more, depending on location and services provided; many offer services on a sliding fee scale; not usually covered by Medicare but sometimes covered by Medicaid

Best for: Seniors with physical or mental limitations, such as dementia, and family caregivers who need a break from daily care

 

Alzheimer's Association

 

www.alz.org

SEE ALSO: Find Memory Care Near You

312-335-8700

24-hour help line: 800-272-3900; supports multiple languages

What they do: Offer referrals to the nearest local chapter, which can refer you to local support groups and consultation services

Cost: Free referrals 

Best for: Identifying local Alzheimer's support groups and resources for everything from home safety to general caregiving

SEE ALSO: Find Memory Care Near You

 

Area Agency on Aging

(name varies by community)

 

Area Agency on Aging in Caring.com local directory

What it does: Provides general information and offers referrals to local eldercare services, such as case managers, transportation, meals, adult day services, in-home caregivers, and legal assistance

SEE ALSO: Find Memory Care Near You

Cost: Free general information and referrals; referred services usually free or inexpensive

Best for: Finding general eldercare information or eldercare services in a specific community

 

Elder Companions

(also called personal assistants; available through home health agencies and by searching online for independent caregivers)

 

Elder companions in Caring.com local directory

What they do: Provide companionship, a watchful eye, and sometimes transportation at prearranged hours during the week

Cost: Ranges from minimum wage to about $30 an hour, depending on location, services provided, and experience

Best for: Those who can't be left unsupervised but otherwise have no daily health care needs -- and family caregivers who need respite

 

Geriatric Care Managers

 

Geriatric care managers in Caring.com local directory

What they do: Assess needs and identify and coordinate resources; can take over nearly all aspects of eldercare in some cases

Cost: Some local government agencies and charities offer consulting services free or on a sliding scale; if hired privately, $75 to $250 an hour

Best for: Crisis or needs assessment, complicated ongoing care; supporting long-distance caregivers

 

Home Health Aides

(available through home health agencies)

 

Home health aides in Caring.com local directory

What they do: Offer personal care such as bathing, toileting, and feeding, along with minor medical care and limited housekeeping (such as changing sheets)

Cost: Ranges from about $15 to $40 an hour, depending on location, services provided, and training (certified aides, who have more medical training, earn more); if medical help needed, may be covered short-term by Medicare (if deemed medically required) or over the longer term by Medicaid

Best for: Those who need some personal or light medical care in order to stay in their homes


about 5 years ago, said...

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about 5 years ago, said...

My husband has been compaining about feeling weak. Is this a part of alzheimers? He woke up with his left hand numb, does it affect them like this?


over 5 years ago, said...

My problem is trying to do too much for my husband who has AD. I find if I give him more time to figure out how to put the shirt...or sweater on...he succeeds. Better to do less than more at this stage in our "travel". It gives him a sense of independence.