In Eastern North Carolina there’s a limited amount of beds at care facilities for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
There are only four nursing homes in Pitt County that care for people dealing with the disease. A total 72 beds are available in the county, but most of them are full.
“Folks with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementia, they aren’t the best decision makers for themselves. It’s very important that people that are specially trained to provide for those special needs.”
The responsibility of care often falls on family members. Assisted living residences can make your loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or dementia more comfortable and help them live a fuller life.
It’s a 24 hour day, 7 days a week job and if caregivers don’t take care of themselves, it could be disastrous for them.
It is unfortunate with the growing number of the people living with this disease that the volume of occupant’s areas is not available as the disease progresses,” explained Morgan Reese.
As facilities reach capacity, families are left searching for care to keep their loved ones safe while fighting to keep their memories.