"Nearly 1 in every 3 seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia", according to the Alzheimer's Association. Here in Washington State, we are ranked as having the 4th highest Alzheimer’s death rate in America. Alzheimer’s and other dementias have made an enormous impact on both family caregivers and the way we think about long-term care needs.
Quality care must adapt to the varied and evolving needs of those with dementia. At Sound Options, we understand that it is not just the individual that gets this disease; families get dementia. While our focus on maintaining independence and safety remains the same for all our clients, dementia demands our creativity as well as our professionalism. We fervently hope for a cure and until that time, Sound Options is committed to helping families get exceptional support and dementia care.
Geriatric Care Managers
Professionals at the Helm...
Professional Geriatric Care Managers are revolutionizing the way we think about dementia care. When there is a RN or MSW eldercare expert at the helm, it really takes the pressure off of the adult children and loved ones to “know it all”. Between paying bills, managing a crisis, laundry, and medications, they can often feel that there isn’t time to be family or process what is going on. By letting the professionals coordinate and provide the care, families get to be family and are allowed to be present to what is happening in their lives. It is really hard to put a price tag on that time and space.
Claire’s story of initially being completely overwhelmed is becoming more and more common. In fact, a quarter of adult children, mainly baby boomers, provide care to a parent. The total estimated aggregate lost wages, pension, and Social Security benefits of these caregivers of parents are nearly $3 trillion annually, according to the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute. In 2012 in Washington State alone, there were 323,000 Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers providing 368 million unpaid hours of care. AARP Public Policy Institute found that half of family caregivers performed medical/nursing tasks for care recipients including managing multiple medications, providing wound care, using monitors, managing incontinence, operating special medical equipment and preparing special diets. The burden is heavy.
The care management and homecare model of dementia care is a powerful option for families, with its professional oversight and one-on-one care. Their specialty training in dementia and the difficult behaviors that arise as a symptom of brain disease is invaluable in maintaining safety and dignity within the home. Because home care services can be scaled from a few hours a day all the way to 24-hour live-in care, it remains a viable option as the disease progresses and reduces the need to move from facility to facility as needs change.
Establishing an elite team of care managers with in-home caregivers to serve families in the Puget Sound is just one of the ways that Sound Options has been addressing the Alzheimer’s epidemic in its community. When it comes to dementia and Alzheimer’s care, your family has Sound Options. Give us a call today and start getting the help and resources you need. 800.628.7649.