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4 Steps to Choosing the Ideal Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in White Plains NY

When you’re talking about hiring an experienced Alzheimer’s care provider, such as a home care aide through an agency, the process is generally quite simple.  If you decide to try and hire Alzheimer’s-Care-White-Plains-NYsomebody independently, meaning outside of an agency, because you believe it will save you money, the process becomes much more complicated. You may not know the true level of experience the caregiver has, his or her background, work habits, training, or anything else unless you conduct an intensive interview and perform your own background check.

If you have an elderly loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it is absolutely essential to find the right care provider. Here are four steps that can help you choose the ideal one.

Step #1: Consider hiring through an agency.

The best place to start is contacting a local home care agency and find one that has experienced caregivers who have worked with other seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Most agencies conduct thorough interviews and also perform background checks on all of their employees. More and more of these agencies are also providing ongoing training, especially with regard to sensitive topics such as Alzheimer’s.

Step #2: Talk to the senior.

Depending on which stage your elderly loved one is at with this particular disease, he or she may be unable to contribute to these decisions in a productive way. However, it’s still important to consult the senior about this topic.

Many seniors, when they are first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, tend to refuse to even consider hiring a care provider because they can still tend to most aspects of their basic care. The sooner that professional and experienced care is hired, the better it’s going to be for the senior in the long run.

Step #3: Talk about specific requirements.

Everyone is different so your elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s is going to have specific needs and expectations. Discuss those with the agency.

The clearer you are about expectations and requirements, the easier it’s going to be for the agency to place the ideal caregiver with your loved one.

Step #4: Encourage activity.

When you hire an experienced caregiver, they will likely be urging the senior to stay involved and active in various activities. It’s also a good idea to have family members and other loved ones encourage the senior to continue with the things they used to enjoy and even try new things, especially those activities that require strong mental concentration and focus.

When you follow these steps, you will end up hiring the ideal caregiver for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for Alzheimer’s care services in White Plains, NY, call the friendly staff at The Perfect Home Care at (855) 855-5728.  Call today!

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Geralyn DiGiovanni

Manager of Client Services at The Perfect Home Care, Inc.
Geralyn DiGiovanni has been marketing director of The Perfect Home Care since July, 2013. She’s responsible for promoting the agency by identifying and reaching out to market segments that align with the services offered by The Perfect Home Care. Among others, she works closely with geriatric care managers, elder care attorneys, and assisted living facilities. Her industry-specific experience includes multiple stints as a companion aide for seniors. She also has extensive experience in the publishing industry, where she worked as an account manager. “I love this industry and am passionate about working with seniors,” she says.

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