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What are your options when diagnosed with dementia?

Considering your long term dementia care options and needs

If you, someone in your family or a close friend has had a diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s confirmed, it is important to start planning for long term elderly care.

 

Although this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone concerned, there are numerous options open to you and a range of supporting mechanisms and services to support your dementia care planning.

One of the biggest challenges is knowing what type of care is available and how to access that in the most cost effective way, as well as what you need to do in terms of legal and financial arrangements, especially if the person diagnosed with the condition is rapidly becoming incapable of making their own decisions.

 

“Eldermera has all the expertise you need to plan for future long term care, from organising appropriate living arrangements with the right level of care and NHS support, through to organising legal documents and helping you plan your finances.”

In most cases, the person with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other debilitating conditions will naturally prefer to remain living at home in a familiar environment for as long as they can. You can organise their care support services around this. In other cases, there may be a more rapid decline in both cognitive and physical abilities which will require more complex, round-the-clock care.

There are opportunities to arrange assisted living facilities where the patient can maintain some independence in a supervised care environment. And if a care home is required to provide more concentrated full time care, then there are a host of establishments with strong Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings which can cater for your needs.

You will need to ask yourself lots of questions and consider what will be the best course of action and outcomes for the patient.

 

Questions such as: who is best placed to deliver their care, who should be appointed to make critical legal, financial and care delivery decisions, how will care be paid for and can the NHS support their care with eligible funding resources?

Some of the first things you will need to consider, however, are the legal aspects of decision making about long term care. It is important that you quickly take steps to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place so that as your condition or that of a loved one deteriorates, someone else has been officially appointed and recognised by the court to make important decisions on their behalf.

As dementia and Alzheimer’s progresses, so the negative impact on independent living becomes more acute. For elderly frail people, it often results in physical as well as mental disability and this can cause a huge emotional and financial burden on you and those around you. The long term outlook depends on the type of dementia, its root cause and the person concerned.

Families and care givers need as much support as possible to ensure that the care needs of loved ones are met and they can achieve the best possible care outcomes.

Eldermera can organise everything for you. Just call us to find out more.

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