5 steps to prepare for Alzheimer’s care

Jasmine Phu

April 11, 2011

Families often feel lost when trying to care for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Kathy Johnson recently shared some tips with HealthNewsDigest.com for those who are trying to figure out how to best help a patient. 

1. Get in touch with a local Alzheimer's Association. This organization can provide important information and assistance to those who are trying to care for a senior.

2. Look for adult day care centers. Many caregivers are trying to raise children and go to work while looking after a patient with Alzheimer's disease. Day care centers can provide some relief to the duties.

3. Arrange for respite care. Don't try to do everything alone. Caregivers should reach out to friends and family members who can help with caregiving.

4. Install elderly alert system. While not one of Johnson's suggestions, having a medical alert system in place can help ensure that seniors can instantly ask for help if there is an emergency.

5. Research geriatric care managers. A growing field is that of geriatric care. Try finding a qualified local specialist in the area who can assist the family with all the right preparations for a patient's needs.