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How to Coordinate Care for a Family Member with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's caregiverYou’ve likely heard the expression “It takes a village to raise a child.” The same sentiment can be applied to caring for an older family member with Alzheimer’s. A collaborative approach to Alzheimer’s care often proves to be the most successful. Studies have shown that when a team of caregivers, physicians, and social workers combine their efforts, the Alzheimer’s patient is healthier and the primary caregiver faces less stress. Using ClearCare’s home care software increases these benefits – and offers even more relief to the family.

The Alzheimer’s Care Team

According to Allen Levey, MD and director of the Emory Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Atlanta, Alzheimer’s is a disease which must be closely monitored. Levey states, “The most important thing is that there is an outstanding, close relationship with the primary care physician.”

The patient’s primary care doctor should be qualified to diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s, while other specialists can be visited as needed. “That’s the quarterback of the team, the primary care physician,” Dr. Levey explains. Does this mean he will be the only doctor your family member will need? Hardly.

You’ve got your quarterback, but you still need a team. With your ClearCare home care software, you can easily keep track of who is caring for your family member and when.

Your Alzheimer’s care team will likely consist of:

  • Specialists such as a neurologist or geriatrician with experience in Alzheimer’s care.
  • Geriatric nurse, social worker, or care coordinator. These professionals will help you establish a successful care plan that works best for your family.
  • Psychologist, psychiatrist, or neuropsychologist – especially for the 40 percent of Alzheimer’s patients who experience depression.
  • Home health caregiver to assist with the burden of Alzheimer’s care. With home care software, like that offered by ClearCare, you can receive real time updates regarding care while you’re away.

Coordinating With the Care Team

As you can see, there are several individuals you will need to be in close contact with. Keeping in touch with each and every one can be incredibly stressful for family caregivers. Alzheimer’s care in and of itself is extremely demanding and requires considerable management skills. With ClearCare’s home care software, managing care is remarkably easy. As tasks and client status are updated, family members can receive real-time updates via a secure web log-in. Other care providers, such as case managers and doctors, can also be granted access to track homecare activities via their own log-ins.

As the Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the need for professional care increases – and with it, the need for social services to guide and help family caregivers. Using a homecare agency that offers ClearCare’s home care software will save you valuable time and frustration. Alzheimer’s care is easily coordinated between homecare workers, physicians, specialists, and family caregivers in order to provide the best possible care for your loved one.

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