Special Care For People With Alzheimer’s Disease
When It’s Time For A Higher Level Of Care
There may come a time when the person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will need a higher level of care. During the middle stages of Alzheimer’s, it becomes necessary to provide 24-hour supervision to keep the person with dementia safe. As the disease progresses into the late-stages, round-the-clock care requirements become more intensive. There are facilities that specialize in caring for Alzheimer and Demential patients.
If you are a family member making this transition for a loved one can be a stressful and depressing experience. You may feel guilty and wonder if you are doing the right thing. These feelings are common. Families that have been through the process tell us that it is best to gather information and move forward. Keep in mind, that regardless of where the care takes place, the decision is about making sure your loved receives the care needed.
Alzheimer Special Care Units (ASCU)
Also called memory care units, SCUs are designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and and/or severe dementia. SCUs can take many forms and exist within various types of residential care. Such units most often are cluster settings in which persons with dementia are grouped together on a floor or a unit within a larger residential care facility. Some states have legislation requiring nursing homes and assisted living residences to tell exactly what specialized services their SCU provides, including a trained staff, specialized activities, ability of staff to care for residents with behavioral needs and fees.