A senior in the early stages of cognitive impairment may be the most difficult to deal with. "Your angry father or agitated mother is aware of this miserable change in their brain they don't quite understand," Cohen adds. Calm reassurance will help them cope with a frightening loss of function.
Some of the general symptoms of Alzheimer's include:
Memory loss, ranging from mild to severe.
Mood and behavior changes.
Deepening confusion about events, time and place.
Suspicions about family, friends, and caregivers.
Difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking.
Most phone calls we receive are from people who have never had never needed any type of in home care before and don't know what is out there.
From this initial conversation I have a quick talk of what I call "In-Home Care 101", or the basics. There is a very common misconception out there that Medicaid will pay for in home care. Medicare will pay for some things, but extended care is not one of them.
So here it is, a very simple and short explanation: In Home Care 101
First off, Medicare will pay for SKILLED NURSING only. You need a physician order to qualify for all skilled nursing/Medicare services.