Here again, the answer differs depending on the situation. When the first symptoms of dementia begin to appear, most patients are still able to live a fairly independent life. This may be with the support of family and friends or caregivers.
However, as the condition progresses and intensifies, many patients begin to need dementia long-term round the clock care. This may be necessary to facilitate basic or complex functions.
In these cases, in-home care is often a first step to supplement a family member’s capabilities to support their loved one’s well-being. Usually, an in-home caregiver is only present for a set number of hours or on certain days to decrease the burden of care for an individual with dementia. Depending on how it is facilitated, this may amount to “24 hour” care.
However, 24-hour care most often takes place in an out-of-home facility, such as a specialized nursing home. These facilities are better structured to meet the needs of patients, especially when their memory and physical capabilities are impacted. Often, appraisal teams from these facilities help determine whether or not 24-hour care is appropriate in your loved one’s situation.