New York Alzheimer’s care providers face issues that impact the individual and family. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. In some cases it may interfere with the ability to handle simple tasks. In advanced stages, people afflicted may not be able to care for themselves and rely on an Alzheimer’s care facility. The disease is progressive with symptoms worsening over time. As individuals age and the disease worsens, they become less able to care for themselves and need assistance in daily activities. For residents of New York, the type of Alzheimer’s care that will work may depend on the severity of the disease.

People with the disease may be able to function in their homes with minimal assistance.

Family and non-profit agencies like the Alzheimer’s Association can provide services. One of the essential services for these individuals is support for keeping medical appointments. People will need dementia care from medical professionals to measure the disease’s progress. In home care, providers such as companion services and housekeeping can be utilized. Home health aides and personal care aids can help with medical needs for home bound individuals. The Alzheimer’s Association is the lead agency for these services with regional offices in New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Poughkeepsie.

Individuals with Alzheimer’s may be unable to care for themselves, needing to reside in an Alzheimer’s care facility. Residential care may be an option and may be short term care or long term. An assisted living facility or memory care facility can provide 24 hour care with health services and family outreach programs. For individuals of advanced age, nursing homes may be an option. Memory care units and special care units are a floor or a unit inside a larger residential care facility, such as a nursing home that specializes in care for Alzheimer’s.