Dementia care will be increasingly at the forefront for long-term care providers, according to a new report from Alzheimer's Disease International.
“Long-term care for older people is, mainly, about care for people with dementia,” report authors state. Already, dementia affects about half of older people who need care, and 80% of older nursing home residents have dementia, according to “Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia.”
Governments must act now, including evaluating how to monitor dementia care in all settings, report authors urge.
Current evidence suggests the “subjective quality of life” for those with dementia is about the same whether they are in a facility or at home, and facility-based care is likely better for those with advanced dementia, the report states.
The logistics of high-quality dementia care systems are daunting. It stresses that changes should focus on enhancing quality of life for those with dementia. When a loved one has a memory care issue such as Alzheimer's or a related dementia it can seem as though few options are available. As needs progress, the constant care and attention required can seem overwhelming. To meet this need, Spring Arbor offers "Cottage Care" programs that are custom designed for residents with memory care needs.
For more information on memory care for your loved one in SC, NC, VA, or TN, contact Spring Arbor.
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