Alzheimer’s Care Los Angeles

Keep a list near the telephone of the names and telephone numbers of family and friends, along with their photos Put labels or pictures on cabinets, drawers and closets so that things can be found easily Talk about your feelings with friends, family, clergy, or other professionals. Consider enrolling in adult education, recreation or fitness classes to stay physically and mentally active

Moderate or Mid Stage

People at this stage may have more trouble taking care of themselves, but they can still involved in their daily care and follow a comfortable routine.

Possible Changes

Everyday activites Needing help to take a bath or shower, choose clothing, or get dressed Needing reminders to eat

Behavior and mood Changing sleep habits, such as remaining awake at night and sleeping during the day Feeling restless or wandering, especially in the late afternoon or evening Getting suspicious, angry or easily upset

Cognition-memory and thinking Having trouble recognizing family members Having difficulty expressing self and understanding others

Steps the person with Alzheimer’s disease can take Stay involved in things you enjoy doing, even if for shorter periods of time Share your memories with people in your family, tell stories or create a scrapbool Get some exercise every day

Elder home care is most often the first choice of families. Allowing the parent to remain in familiar surroundings with less disruption in general routines results in reduced confusion. Having day care by a certified elder care service is a great way of reducing the amount of responsibility placed on the family. Having the parent attend an Adult Day Care facility provides social, recreational and sometimes transportation services. Unfortunately, in some communities, day care isn’t provided for people with Alzheimer’s and the centers do not (at this time) accept elders with this condition.

Another option is a retirement living community that provides every resident with senior assisted living apartments that may have cooking facilities where the elder must be able to safely manage meals in addition to care for him or herself. Most retirement community homes do not have trained staff to care for those with dementia and the staff is not onsite 24/7. Only those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s should consider these places and the families will also have to think about moving them at a later date.

Some Assisted Living facilities have divisions that offer personal care and other supportive services for people with Alzheimer’s. This housing is perfect for those in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s as the parent is able to care and live somewhat independently.

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