Regardless of if you are the patient or the loved one of the patient, being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's can be a completely shocking experience for everyone. These diseases don't only rob individuals of their memory and independence, but can present many challenges very early on. Understanding how these diseases affect an individual both in the short and long-term can help loved ones develop a more comprehensive care plan to address their needs.
When a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's, they and their family members likely have many questions about their long-term care needs. The mental and physical changes that go along with these diseases can make daily life a challenge. These challenges may require individuals seek a more specific and comprehensive level of care than others of the same age. Developing a comprehensive care plan immediately after a diagnosis may help individuals and their families prepare for the challenges ahead.
While the initial diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's does not usually require immediate long-term care, it does suggest that long-term care may be necessary in the future. Unfortunately, long-term care facilities and providers that specialize in treating patients with dementia and Alzheimer's are typically more costly than others. While these costs may be shocking, addressing potential needs early on in a long-term care plan may help families better provide adequate care for their loved ones.
Developing a comprehensive long-term care plan is important for everyone, but crucial for those diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's. At diagnosis, patients and their families may benefit from discussing and drafting a comprehensive care plan with an experienced elder law attorney.