In-home care includes a wide range of services to help a person with Alzheimer's or another dementia stay at home. It also can help caregivers. Here are some helpful resources:
Does the person with Alzheimer's or another dementia prefer a communal-living environment? Or does the person need more care than he or she can get at home? If so, a residential care setting may be the best option. Different types provide different levels of care.
People with Alzheimer's or another dementia can still do the activities they love. Many activities can be modified to the person's ability. Activities can reduce behaviors like wandering or agitation and enhance quality of life.
When people have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, their ability to communicate gradually declines. Communicating requires patience, understanding and good listening skills. The Alzheimer’s Association has helpful information on changes in communication, helping the person with Alzheimer's communicate, and best ways for you to communicate.
As Alzheimer's and other dementias progress, behaviors change.
You are not alone. Support groups provide emotional and practical support to family members and friends whose loved one has Alzheimer’s. Several organizations provide local caregiver support groups. The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter hosts support groups for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, as well as for caregivers. The national Alzheimer’s Association offers a telephone support group from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time the first Monday of every month. Call 1-800-272-3900 for information or visit the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Center.
Oregon's ADRC provides information on local caregiver programs and resources.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides local services for veterans with Alzheimer’s and their families.
The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 helpline provides information and support. The helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Help is available for matters such as, but not limited to: understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's; medications and other treatment options; general information about aging and brain health; skills to provide quality care and to find the best care; and legal, financial and living-arrangement decisions.
The helpline also features: confidential care consultation by master's-level clinicians, who can help with decision making, crises and education; and help in a caller's preferred language, using a translation service, which offers more than 170 languages and dialects.
The ADRC of Oregon offers information, referral and options counseling. ADRCs help individuals and families find local long-term care options.
ADRC of Oregon staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.
Oregon guide for family caregivers, providing information and resources for each stage.
A free guide from the National Institute on Aging.