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It’s not always obvious when to ask for help, or when to make changes to the care that the person with dementia is getting. Providing good care means meeting the needs of the person receiving care, using one service or a combination of several. Depending on preferences, needs and abilities, it may be appropriate to look for different or more assistance.
How much care a person needs depends on how independently he or she can walk, eat, use the restroom and bathe. Ask your health care provider to help you gauge these abilities.
If you are not sure if it’s time to get additional help, ask yourself a few questions:
Is the person with dementia safe?
Is the health of the person with dementia or the health of the caregiver at risk?
Does the person with dementia need more care than he or she is receiving right now? Or is caring for the person becoming more difficult for the primary care provider?