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Alzheimer Care in San Diego County

Updated on May 13, 2012
A professional assessment can help identify your loved one's needs.
A professional assessment can help identify your loved one's needs.

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease and finding the right care for loved ones can be overwhelming. Take the time to have a professional assessment done to determine the needs of your loved one to help narrow your search for Alzheimer care in San Diego County.

Alzheimer Facilities Have Come a Long Way

Care facilities for people with Alzheimer's has come a long way as understanding of the disease has grown. While the memory of Alzheimer's residents deteriorates, care designed to meet their specific and unique needs is essential. This includes providing security which is a big issue because it is not uncommon for those with Alzheimer's to wander. In San Diego County you can find secure facilities with grounds that allow residents to enjoy the outdoors and to get fresh air. Other things to look for in a care facility for a loved one with Alzheimer's include:

  • Compassionate care and good staff to resident ratio
  • Companionship
  • Activities designed specifically for those with Alzheimer's

Extras may include:

  • Cameras throughout the facility or community
  • Classes or support for family members
  • Therapeutic activities

What Are Therapeutic Activities for Alzheimer's?

Many of the facilities that provide Alzheimer care in San Diego county offer programs that combine a variety of therapeutic activities designed for residents with Alzheimer's. With the warm climate, one of these activities is gardening. Others include:

  • Playing resident's choice in music
  • Exercise
  • Crafts
  • Pet therapy
  • Watching videos of family
  • One-on-one interaction

Types of Alzheimer Care in San Diego County

Finding Alzheimer Care in Sand Diego County is not difficult, but deciding on what facility is best for your loved one's needs should take some consideration. First of all, it is wise to have a professional assessment conducted to correctly identify the stage of Alzheimer's. Once that is determined, you'll know whether home care, residential care, or skilled nursing care is required. However, because Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, when choosing a facility, it is a good idea to find one that can meet present and future needs.

Home Care

If you make the choice to care for your loved one in your home, round-the-clock care most often includes hiring a caregiver. Consider looking for nursing services certified by the Alzheimer's Association or trained in caring for those with dementia related disorders. Here are a few that offer these services and credentials:

Day Care

Day care designed to meet the needs of those with Alzheimer's is an alternative to in-home care. It provides a respite for caregivers. The Glenner Memory Care Centers provide this service in the San Diego area.

Residential Care

Residential Alzheimer care in San Diego County offers a multitude of choices from Board and Care Homes to facilities that house more residents but still provide a home-like atmosphere.

Skilled Nursing Care

Many nursing homes offer the special care needed to keep Alzheimer's residents safe and happy along with the skilled nursing care needed as the disease progresses. Here are a handful of possibilities to help start your search:

Find a Support Group

Alzheimer’s disease typically progresses slowly. When the diagnosis is made it not only affects the person who has the disease, but it is also a challenge for the entire family. Finding a support group can help you to cope, and learn what to expect through the various stages of the disease. It can still seem overwhelming at times, but having support and being equipped with the knowledge of what to expect can help you make the right choices in care options for your loved one.


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    • Donna Sundblad profile image

      Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Krystal.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is a helpful hub. Hope it makes it into the right home :)