As we mentioned before, at the first diagnosis of dementia, the patient often times will not require any care assistance and will be able to live independently.
However, as their dementia progresses, care will eventually be needed. In fact, by the time a patient reaches middle-stage to late-stage dementia, they will no longer be able to care for themselves at all.
While there are many American families who take care of their elderly loved ones who’ve been diagnosed with dementia, many people also hire a trained caregiver to provide care, or supplement the care they are already providing. It’s important to realize that once dementia symptoms worsen, it becomes nearly impossible to care for the person suffering from it all by yourself. This is particularly true if you are not a trained caregiver who specializes in caring for seniors with memory issues.
That said, there are many options out there for care assistance, such as adult day care, in-home care, and nursing home care. Financial assistance for these services can be obtained through Medicaid’s benefits, Veterans’ programs, state non-medical programs, tax credits and deductions for Alzheimer’s / dementia, and more.