The late stage of Alzheimer’s disease is the final stage, and it can last anywhere from several weeks to several years. Due to the progressive nature of the disease, your loved one may require continuous, intensive, around-the-clock care. During this stage, your loved one may lose the ability to express their needs and talk, but most recent research suggests some of their core self still remains.
In late stage Alzheimer’s disease, your loved one will most likely become completely dependent on you for several aspects of life. Those with late stage Alzheimer’s disease may exhibit the following symptoms:
At this stage, you may still be able to connect with your loved one throughout the disease. Since they experience their world through senses, you can express your love and care through sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. For instance, you may find favorable results by:
Remember, the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (LIAF) is here for you along every step of the way.
Deciding on late stage care can be one of the most trying decisions you and your family will face. Most of the families we’ve worked with tell us it’s better to collect information and continue forward – instead of second guessing.
If possible, we suggest you have this conversation with your loved one in the earlier stages. By learning their wishes, you'll be better prepared to make the tough decisions. Keep in mind, there are good ways to provide quality care for your loved one.
If you’re unable to provide the around-the-clock care, support, and attention they need; you and your family may be best suited to find this care outside of the home. The decision is about ensuring your loved one receives the best level of care.
If you decide a long-term care facility is the best solution for your loved one, the experts at LIAF can help. We'll provide guidance and assistance to help you make the best decision for your loved one's care, for yourself, and for your family. We are here for you every step of the way.
The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation is here to provide support and guidance for you and your family. We bring three decades of experience helping families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. We offer a specialized day program specifically designed for your loved one with late stage Alzheimer’s disease. We also offer transportation options, Caregiver Support Groups, an in-home respite care program, and other services to help you along the journey.
To learn more about the services we provide for late stage Alzheimer's disease, give us a call at (516) 767-6856 or complete our online contact form.
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