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Eldercare Articles

    Eldercare ArticlesThe NCPC publishes periodic articles under the title "Planning for Eldercare". Each article is written to help families recognize the need for long term care planning and to help implement that planning. All elderly people, regardless of current health, should have a long term care plan. Learn More...

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About Alzheimer's Facilities and Care

EldercareThese are assisted living facilities, nursing homes or hospitals specializing in care for people with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia. Most facilities have lock-down units for residents who wander.

Here is some information from the Alzheimer's Association at

There are important questions to ask when deciding on care providers. Questions to ask in-home caregivers:

  • What is your training and experience in working with people with dementia?
  • What times are you available?
  • Who would substitute if you can’t come?
  • Whom can I talk to at the agency if I have a concern?

Concerns when choosing a residential care facility:

  • Observe how the environment promotes independence of the residents, provides safety and security, and reflects your own preferences for comfort.
  • Ask the care provider if the staff is continually trained on dementia care issues, what kind of programs are offered for people with Alzheimer’s, and how they address an increasing need for care.
  • Ask the provider if residents and family members can participate in creating and reviewing care and service plans.
  • Spend time in a variety of facilities observing what goes on and how people are treated. Talk with residents and visitors about their opinions of the facility and staff.
  • See if the residents look happy, comfortable, relaxed and involved in activities.
  • Talk with staff working directly with residents to see if they are competent and content in their jobs. Also, meet with the administrator and directors of nursing and social services.
  • Visit a facility more than once before making a decision.

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