Long term goals
People can live with Alzheimer’s disease for years without needing help. Alzheimer’s disease progresses differently for different people. It is important that if you ever need more help, people know your ultimate goal when it comes to your future.
Moving into a supportive place
If you are struggling or it becomes too much of a burden to live on your own, moving into a supportive place is one choice.
- Alzheimer’s assisted living or a memory support living place
- These often have a home-like feel with staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- Nursing home or long term care facility
- Usually for those people in advanced stages needing medical support.
- Continuing Care Retirement Community
- This type of senior living has independent apartments, assisted living, and nursing home care in one location.
When will I need help?
Memory loss can happen gradually (like in Alzheimer’s) or suddenly, as seen in other diseases. It is often hard to pinpoint when help is needed. You may try to hide your mistakes or needs. This is not good. Being honest is the best way to make sure you and those around you are safe and well cared for.
- Ask a younger loved one or friend to spend 12–24 hrs with you. Do not let them help you. They can observe you and see where you might benefit from help.
- Ask them to be honest. You may not be the only one who is scared.