By thinking of elderly care as a tool, you can start to see how, just like a wrench and a screwdriver are both useful in different ways, in home care, assisted living and Alzheimer's care are also helpful in different ways. Rather than thinking of options as 'good' or 'bad', it is better the thing of them as being more relevant or less relevant to your needs.
Which brings us to the next step. Knowing your own needs. Basically they consist of two different things.
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- Your Medical Needs.
- Your Personal Senior Care Needs.
Your medical needs can be determined by your doctor and your own considerations of your needs.
The key is to make sure that you are looking at care that will meet your own needs, which generally falls into three main categories for nearly all seniors.
In Home Care : Care in your own home can give you the flexibility to get support while keeping your lifestyle largely unchanged.
Assisted Living : Nursing homes have changed a lot over the past two decades. Now they are more like a senior community with activities and companionship.
Dementia Support : Finding the right care for an Alzheimer's patient is critical. As the disease progresses having professional care providers can make a huge difference in the experience of both the patient as well as their family.
When you search for care, there are a lot of different resources you can use. I highly recommend you take some time and learn more about your care choices and what other people have done as they have worked with similar situations before you. For more information on general assisted living, I have found the articles at http://assistedlivinglife.wordpress.com helpful.