Deciding on Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

Part of the Alzheimer’s For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Choosing care for an Alzheimer’s patient involves many factors: the needs of the patient, money restrictions, desire to keep the patient in his or her own home, and availability of family and friends to help. Some options when looking into care for an Alzheimer’s patient are

Care Choice Care Provider Location Cost
In-home care You or another family member Your home or your loved one’s home No out of pocket cost other than medical bills, but you may have to give up your job to provide care
In-home care Home health aide Your home or your loved one’s home U.S. Department of Labor reports average is $8.17 per hour. Agency referred $12 to $25 per hour
In-home care Visiting nurse Your home or your loved one’s home $25 to $50 per hour
Adult day care On site staff and volunteers Day Care Center or Senior Center $35 per day and up; may include transportation; services such as bathing cost extra
Day health care On site staff and volunteers Day Care Center or Senior Center $50 per day and up
Respite Care On site staff and volunteers Day Care Center or Senior Center $8 to $30 per hour
Assisted living On site staff and volunteers, family members Assisted Living Center $18,000 a year and up, most affordable overall
Licensed residential care home On-site non-medical staff, Residential Care Center $850 to $4,000 per month, depending upon location
Dedicated Alzheimer care center On-site medical and non-medical staff, visiting medical staff Alzheimer Care Center $115 per day and up
Nursing home On-site medical and non-medical staff, visiting medical staff Nursing Home $36,000 to $100,000 annually, depending upon location
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