Did you know that unpaid care providers gave an estimated 18.2 billion hours of care in 2016? That is over $230 million worth of care. In general, you might not think twice about taking care of a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
In fact, most children who have parents that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are happy to donate their time. This might be because of their or their parent’s preconceptions of assisted living homes. In America, we have this idea that assisted living facilities aren’t very good, especially for people living with Alzheimer’s. While at one time there might have been some cause for this criticism, it is certainly no longer the case.
There are specific Alzheimer’s care facilities for elderly people suffering from this awful disease. Assisted living facilities have come a long way, but Alzheimer’s care facilities are in a league of their own.
What is a specialized care facility?
Broadly applied, a specialized care facility is any assisted caregiving home that specializes in a population of individuals with a common disadvantage. It this case we are talking about Alzheimers. Here’s how it is different.