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The following lists were compiled from information submitted to us by the individual agencies. The lists are in no way a recommendation or endorsement to any one agency; rather, it is a referral list of available options for families and persons living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.For further information on any of the following services, contact us at 800.272.3900.
An adult day center provides care outside the home and is designed to meet individual needs while supporting strengths, abilities and independence.
Assisted living facilities bridge the gap between living independently and living in a nursing home. Assisted living typically offers a combination of housing and meals, and supportive and health care services. The federal government does not regulate assisted living, and definitions of assisted living vary from state to state.
A neurologist is a medical doctor trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders and will be able to answer the question, "Is it Alzheimer's disease?". NOTE: Some insurance companies may require a physician's referral.
The Memory Disorders Clinic evaluates and treats persons exhibiting signs of dementia. The clinic strives to allow persons with memory disorders to stay in their homes as long as possible. NOTE: Some insurance companies may require a physician's referral.
Putting legal plans in place is important for everyone, but settling these plans is especially vital for the person with Alzheimer's disease or another related dementia. The sooner legal planning can begin, the more the person with dementia may be able to participate. Legal planning includes making plans for health care and long-term care coverage, making plans for finances and property, and naming another person to make decisions on behalf of the person with dementia.
Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
The Legal Hotline provides free, confidential legal advice and referrals Monday through Friday, between 8:30am and 5:00pm.
Home Care AgenciesHome care agencies provide care in the home making it possible for individuals with dementia to stay in their homes longer. Services vary from assistance with daily living activities to providing skilled nursing care.
You may reach a time when your loved one can no longer receive in-home care. When that time comes, you will need to find the place that fits all of your specifications.
Alzheimer special care units are designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Special care units can take many forms and exist within various types of residential care. Such units most often are cluster settings in which persons with dementia are grouped together on a floor or a unit within a larger residential care facility.
Counseling Services provide professional guidance in resolving personal conflicts and emotional problems. Services on referral list include: Family Counseling, Life Adjustment Counseling, Geriatric Counseling, and Grief & Loss Counseling.
Persons with Alzheimer's disease may experience behavioral and psychiatric symptoms that can cause personality changes and agitation. In the early stages of the disease, people may experience irritability, anxiety, or depression. In later stages, other symptoms may occur, such as sleep disturbances, physical or verbal outbursts, emotional distress, restlessness, delusions, or hallucinations. Psychiatry is a medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. Psychiatrists are MDs who may also have additional training in a psychiatric subspecialty, such as geriatric psychiatry. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication, which can be effective in the management of some behavioral and psychiatric symptoms.
Hospice care is provided to individuals who are terminally ill in their homes or in a care setting, generally with an expected survival of six months or less. Hospice is a benefit of Medicare, most state Medicaid programs, and many private health insurance plans. Members of hospice teams have special training in end-of-life care and can provide oversight of medical care, counseling services, medical equipment and supplies, planning for end-of-life needs, and bereavement support.
Hospice Providers - Chapter Area
Driving is a complex activity that requires quick thinking and reactions, as well as good perceptual abilities. For the person with Alzheimer's disease, driving becomes a safety issue. While he or she may not recognize that changes in cognitive and sensory skills impair driving abilities, you and other family members will need to be firm in your efforts to prevent the person from driving when the time comes. There are a number of steps you can take to assess the person's ability to drive.
Adult Protective Services is responsible for investigating abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adults who are elderly or have disabilities.