Mid Stage Caregiving Resources

Medical Doctors To Approach

Geriatric Internist​​

- Ask about other comorbidities, and their effect on the person with Alzheimer's

In the mid stages there is an increased effect between other illnesses and Alzheimer's disease that may require a new approach to treating the spectrum of symptoms that arise with this disease using additional/off-label treatment

Infections

Geriatric Psychiatrist ​​

Ask about potential medicinal interventions​

As the disease progresses, in the mid stages, symptoms may change and require a new approach to treating the spectrum of symptoms that arise

Neurologist​​

Based on your experiences, up to this point, ask a neurologist to collaborate with other doctors you have seen to identify unique symptoms as a result of comorbidities (other illnesses)

* When searching for doctors, look for those who have extensive experience with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. They will be the most beneficial in helping you and your loved one through the various stages of Alzheimer's or a related dementia.

Therapists To Approach

Physical Therapist​​

- Ask about how to maintain physical abilities

Mobility, balance and coordination deteriorate with this disease and helping to keep these functions strong will assist the person with the disease live comfortably with a quality of life they are used to

Speech Therapist​​

- Ask about how to maintain speech pattern​ and swallowing

Ensuring communication & practicing swallowing become more important, as the risk for choking increases with disease progression

Occupational Therapist​​

- Ask about how to maintain​ ability to execute daily activities

Bathing, feeding, dressing oneself are important in holding onto one's dignity

* When searching for therapists, look for those who have extensive previous experience with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.

Caregiving Services Needed 

Social Workers from the Department of Aging/Senior Services Department
- These individuals can best help you in obtaining important resources (
depending on individual preference and life experiences, needs may vary) i.e. 

Hospital Beds
Commodes
Walkers
Wheelchairs
Chair Lifts
Walk-In Showers
Bath Chairs
Home Doctor Visits

(In your local area)

Private​ home-health agencies that help provide services for people with Alzheimer's i.e.​

Home Health Aides & Certified Nursing Assistants​​​​

- Will have an increasing presence in your home.

- Has an important role in maintaining a happy & healthy person
Depending on individual preference and life experiences, needs from caregivers vary dramatically

* Search for these services/agencies/individuals in your local area to help ease you and your loved ones transition in between all stages of Alzheimer's & other Dementia's

** Department of Aging/Senior Services Department (In your local area) can help you in finding social workers