There are two types of regional government funded agencies that provide assistance to persons with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Neither of these are intended solely for persons with these conditions but focus on helping the aging and disabled communities on the whole. Depending in which state one resides, they may receive assistance for their local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) or their local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or possibly from either agency.
Finding local home care providers with Alzheimer’s / dementia training is a fairly easy process. There are services that match caregivers to care recipients based on a variety of criteria. Dementia Care Central has partnered to provide a free service for finding local dementia in-home caregiver agencies.
Alternatively, if you are seeking an independent (non-agency) caregiver, one can try searching on websites such as Craigslist. Independent caregivers, although less expensive, come with certain risks. Worth noting is that several startup companies such as Honor and Home Hero have attempted to facilitate this market for families but have been unsuccessful in doing so. Families today are faced with the same challenges in locating, background checking and managing payroll for independent caregivers.
Finding local memory care / assisted living residences is an easy process. However, matching a loved one with residential communities that meet their specific needs can be much more difficult. Dementia Care Central has partnered to provide a free matching service that strives to find the right home for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Get started here.
NAELA is the website of the National Academy of Elder Law (NAELA), which is an association of lawyers who specialize in senior clients and issues specific to the elderly. Elder law attorneys are not always the least expensive option for financial issues regarding elder care, but they typically can provide a comprehensive solution.
MedicaidPlanningAssistance.org is a website that helps seniors or persons with Alzheimer’s identify their current Medicaid eligibility status as well as find the most affordable option for getting assistance qualifying and applying for Medicaid care, be that in-home, in assisted living or in a nursing home.
Financial Planning Association is a nationwide database of financial planners that is searchable by city, state, and zip, by name, by the planner’s specialty, or by how they charge.
University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center provides an interactive tool that helps families identify what home modifications are necessary to help keep their loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s safely living at home. The tool also provides links to local service providers. Start here.