A person with dementia will need more care as symptoms worsen over time. Problems with memory, thinking, and behavior often present challenges for those with dementia as well as for their family members. Whether the disease is in early or late stages, there are support systems, resources, and services that can help.
While it can be difficult for some to admit they need assistance with care or caregiving, it is okay to ask for help. In fact, when it comes to caregiving, taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do.
Explore the tips and resources below to find information about dementia care and local services.
There are many different types of care available depending on the level of help or care you need.
Asking for help can be hard, but it is important to understand your limits. There may be people in your life or professionals who can help provide support. Connecting with them is a good place to start.
There are many places that offer resources and support for people with dementia and their caregivers. These include:
National and local resources can provide information on how to pay for care and services for people with dementia. Some services, such as support groups, may be free, whereas others, such as long-term care, may require payment. Government programs may be able to help with some costs related to dementia care. For example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) may cover some or all of the long-term care needs of a person with dementia living in the community.
The BenefitsCheckUp, a free service from the National Council on Aging, can assist with finding federal and state benefit programs that may be able to help save money and access care and support. Benefits.gov is another resource that enables you to search for federal benefits.
Whether you or your loved one just needs a helping hand or more formal care, it is important to know that help is available.
Explore the resources on this website and linked below to find more information from federal government agencies.
Learn about supportive resources like home care, adult day services, meal services, and hospice care. Also available in Spanish.
View this fact sheet about getting an accurate diagnosis, caring for your family member, and taking steps to improve your family member’s dementia care.
Use this free public service by searching online or calling toll-free to get connected to services in your community.
Use the information on resources and support in this easy-to-read brochure.
Find the basics about long-term care, insurance coverage, and the types of considerations to be made.
Explore programs that may pay you benefits and learn about Compassionate Allowances that help people with certain conditions, including some forms of dementia, get benefits quickly. Also available in Spanish.
The Alzheimer’s & related Dementias Education & Referral (ADEAR) Center is a service of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. Call 800-438-4380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk with an information specialist.
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