Alzheimer’s Specialized Care
By LEL founder and attorney Rick L. Law. Rick Law and his daughter and partner Attorney Diana Law, are part of the multi-generational law firm at Law Elder Law. Estate, Asset and Retirement Tax Attorneys serving Aurora, IL and the surrounding communities. When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and needs care, it is important to find a nursing home with an Alzheimer’s special care unit. Alzheimer’s sufferers have unique needs and will have a much better nursing home experience if the nursing home staff is capable of dealing with their needs. Staff in special-care units should take specialized training courses in order to be able to encourage the residents’ independence and help them realize the maximum potential of their mental and physical abilities as their dementia progresses. These special units often come at an added price. Some states have established guidelines for these units, but there are currently no federal guidelines. Before agreeing to pay the higher rate, you should look for the following qualities from a nursing home with a special unit:
- Does the facility confirm all incoming residents’ Alzheimer’s diagnosis?
- Is the staff aware of the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease, and how do they address the expected changes in the mental and physical abilities of the residents?
- Are all of the employees in the special unit (the housekeepers, maintenance workers, etc.) given some training regarding Alzheimer’s?
- Are the buildings and grounds designed for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease?
- Are the resident activities appropriate for people with Alzheimer’s?