For many individuals who have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the progression of the mental illness can sometimes leave them unprepared when it comes to planning for how to best provide care for their loved one. The Visalia Times-Delta reports that because choosing the best assisted living facility can be a lengthy process, planning ahead can pay off in the long-run.
"What we see, more often than not, is that the family takes care of mom or dad as long as they can.
And honestly, it's often to their own demise," Kenny Moyle, chief executive officer of Magnolia Health Corporation, told the news source.
The biggest areas to consider, experts say, is what their individual needs are. Assisted living centers, for example, are ideal for those who are mobile and do not require regular medical attention. Prestige Assisted Living in Visalia, California, offers residents with a stress-free environment, and focuses on offering an engaging social setting for the patients as well.
According to the National Center for Assisted Living, there are currently around 900,000 people in the United States living in an assisted living setting.