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Special care for Alzheimer's patients

Those who have loved ones with Alzheimer's understand how difficult this disease can be. It can turn an otherwise healthy and viral person into a helpless, almost child-like person. Because of the way this disease affects a person, it is essential that they receive proper care, especially if they are in a nursing home facility. Care facilities in New Mexico should be chosen carefully by those who are looking for one for an Alzheimer's patient.

The Alzheimer's Association notes that this type of care brings about special needs for the patient and requires nursing homes to have staff who are trained to work with Alzheimer's patients. Depending on the stage of the disease, it is often encouraged that care stresses independence while also offering care when needed. Caregivers must learn when to step in and when to back away. Keeping patients active and engaged can help them to stay healthier, so caregivers should encourage activities and interactions. 

The National Institute on Aging explains the different care facility options open to such patients. Assisted living may be most common. This type of place allows for independence while also offering various levels of care to ensure the patient is getting the attention needed and maintaining a safe environment. Continuing care retirement communities are similar. They give residents freedom, but also have different levels of care so patients are properly monitored and assisted based on the progression of their condition. 

Finally, there are nursing homes. Typically, these are for those in the later stages of the disease. They provide intensive care where staff watch over the patient at all times. When choosing a nursing home, though, people should look for those with special Alzheimer's units that have staff trained in Alzheimer's care. 

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