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Choosing the Right Alzheimer’s Care Facility

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There are few things more difficult than having a parent suffer through the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. It places a severe emotional, physical, and financial drain on everyone involved, and often leaves caregivers feeling like they have no options. At some point, keeping a parent with Alzheimer’s disease at home is no longer possible, and an Alzheimer’s care facility is likely the best option to ensure your parent receives the care he or she needs.

Choosing the right Alzheimer’s care facility is not an easy task and there are many considerations to keep in mind, including cost concerns and proximity to your location. An experienced Encino elder law attorney can help you sort through these issues, and guide you through the process of finding the right Alzheimer’s care facility for your parent.

An Encino elder law attorney will speak with you regarding the special needs your parent has and how certain facilities can address those concerns. One of those concerns may be the type of space available to your parent, especially if he or she is still physically active. There must be a balance of containment and freedom, allowing your parent to move around without feeling confined, but also kept secure for their own safety.

Concerns about other residents must also be addressed, since there are both pros and cons to having an all-Alzheimer’s facility and a facility with mixed residents. This encompasses not only the other residents of the facility, but also the facility staff that will be working with and caring for your parent. The purpose is to find what’s best for your parent and their individual situation. An experienced elder law attorney, especially one that focuses on Life Care Planning, can help determine the right type of facility that would suit your parent the best.

An Encino elder law attorney can also work with you to determine the best way to pay for an Alzheimer’s care facility, especially in the consideration of public benefits like Medi-Cal or possible VA benefits. If your parent is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, or if you have a history of Alzheimer’s in your family, you may want to speak with an elder law attorney to begin planning now to protect your assets and receive assistance for Alzheimer’s care.

If you would like more information about choosing the right Alzheimer’s care facility, or if you’d like to discuss your options for paying for an Alzheimer’s care facility, please set up an appointment at our Encino elder law office by calling (818) 905-6088.