What is Home Care
Start The Conversation
We offer a comfortable conference area for families as a central place to meet to start the discussion.
Get A Formal Diagnosis
It is very important for a correct diagnosis and therefore an appointment with a Gerontologist is suggested. A Gerontologist specializes in elder care and will be able to properly diagnose. There are currently over 200 different forms of Dementia. To be clear, a person with Alzheimers has a diagnosis of dementia, but a person with dementia does not necessarily have a diagnosis of Alzheimers. Every type of Dementia has it’s differences: different onset, possible different medications for treatment, different challenges and maybe even a different progression. It is extremely important to know exactly what type of dementia you are dealing with so you can create an appropriate plan for the natural progression of the disease.
Unfortunately less than 20% of Dementia patients are accurately diagnosed. In some cases people just assume it is dementia and they deal with the consequences. However, sometimes their can be other medical reasons for altered behavior. It is like having a form of cancer and not knowing what type you have in order to treat it. This is why it is so important to start with the diagnosis.
Please feel free to contact our office for a referral to a Gerontologist: 708-361-7845
We offer public training classes to family members who are taking care of a parent with a form of dementia. These classes will help you understand how the brain works. it will teach you the unspoken language of dementia. How to get through the activities of daily living, crafts and fun stuff. Dealing with challenging behavior and end of life issues. Check the web calendar for these classes.
Understand The Difference Between Home Health Services And Home Care
Home Health is different than Home Care. Home Health is covered by Medicare and is prescribed as necessary by a doctor. Home Care is assisting a person at home for normal and daily activities including showering and running errands. Home Care and Home Health can and should run concurrently for optimal coverage and safety.
Review Medical And Legal Paperwork
Please call our office if you are looking for assistance in choosing an elder law attorney: 708-361-7845