Part 1 in this series introduced you to the need for increased focus on palliative and hospice care for patients in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Part 2 took a closer look at some of the issues that relate to this need. Today’s post will wrap up this series and will look closer at the results associated with patients and families faced with inadequate resources for late stage Alzheimer’s care.
BAD THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING TO PATIENTS AND FAMILIES BECAUSE OF INADEQUATE RESOURCES FOR LATE STAGE ALZHEIMER’S CARE:
Late stage Alzheimer’s patients require specialized longer term post acute “skilled” or “transitional” care to provide a period of extended observation/ supervision and support, and intensive medical and behavioral management. Physical, Occupational and Speech therapies would be provided with emphasis on outcomes related to more stable and safe mood and behavior.
Ultimately, the care team would be tasked with the creation and implementation of effective management strategies and comfort measures for the patient. Some patients will eventually cease behaviors with proper diagnosis, medical treatment and behavior management. Behaviors will also decline as the disease progresses and energy, strength and mobility decline. These patients are in the dying process.
The level of care must be a hybrid combining the best of well-crafted skilled care and residential hospice care, relevant to these patients’ unique and complex physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
In our next post, we will share how you can get involved in supporting THE CARE!