The average life expectancy for somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is between eight and 10 years (Alzheimer’s Association). If you have been diagnosed with some form of dementia other than Alzheimer’s, the life expectancy could be different. Often, medical professionals recommend people dealing with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia consider home care support services as early as possible.
When people begin looking at the numbers, though, they don’t think it’s feasible.
Long-term home care, especially when it is spread out over eight or 10 years, can be, to some people, exorbitant. Even though it’s the most affordable elder care option there is, people realize that if the average cost of full-time home care support is about $42,000 per year, on a national average, over 10 years that is a little shy of half a million dollars.
What they don’t realize is the cost of other types of care is a lot more.
Nursing home care, for example, is almost double that. It’s not reasonable to assume that Medicaid or Medicare is going to cover nursing home care for anyone. If a person has assets and income, that will have to be used up first before they can even be eligible for Medicaid paying for nursing home care, regardless of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.
On top of that, a person may not need full-time, around-the-clock care until the final months or couple of years of their life.
In the beginning, a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may only need minimal support and a few reminders. They might benefit by having a home care aide to stop by just once or twice a week for two hours at a time to assist them, help them develop a routine, and develop strategies that can be beneficial in the future.
When people think about cost, it can cause them to balk.
Home care is, hands down, and without question, the most affordable and best senior care option there is for people who need assistance. When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, just because he or she might feel quite capable of taking care of himself or herself at the time, things will change.
Yes, family and friends can be a great support system, but developing a routine, being mentally stimulated, and having the right strategies in place as early as possible will all pay dividends for quality of life, comfort, and reducing the risk of stress and anxiety that can lead to aggressive behaviors in the future.
Have questions about Alzheimer’s care in Honolulu, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today. Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
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