Michigan elder law attorneys provide assistance to seniors and their families in preparing for an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and in responding when a diagnosis occurs. Alzheimer’s has become a leading cause of nursing home admissions in the United States and it is a difficult condition to deal with because it is a progressive condition that can become worse over many years.
Because caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is challenging, many patients have historically sought nursing home care as their condition progresses. This has necessitated many Alzheimer’s patients and their families find ways to pay for this care, such as making a Medicaid plan with help from our legal team. However, new reports from 9&10 News indicate more patients with Alzheimer’s are dying at home.
There are both pros and cons for Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones to remaining in a private home as dementia progresses. Our legal team will assist families in Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline communities and surrounding areas in making smart choices for patient care. We can help you whether the plan is to try to keep an Alzheimer’s sufferer in the home as long as possible or the plan is to pursue nursing home care.
Whether you need help finding ways to get home care costs covered and take advantage of caregiver benefits or you need assistance in finding and paying for a nursing home facility, we are here to help. Give us a call today to find out more.
More Alzheimer’s Patients are Dying at Home
According to 9&10 News, one out of every four deaths of Alzheimer’s patients now occurs in a private home as opposed to occurring in a hospital setting or a nursing home setting. This is a dramatic change from just a few short years ago.
Since 1999, the Alzheimer’s death rate has risen close to 80 percent. Alzheimer’s has become the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, in part because more people are living longer and the risks of Alzheimer’s dramatically increases with advancing age. Declines in other causes of death, including both heart disease and cancer, mean that an increasing number of elderly people are living long enough that they eventually develop dementia.
As more people develop Alzheimer’s, the ways in which patients are being cared for have also changed. While previously more than 80 percent of patients with Alzheimer’s died in hospitals, nursing homes, or other long-term care settings, now just 60 percent of patients with this disease die in an institutional environment. Now, 25 percent of patients die at home, compared with just 14 percent of patients who passed away in a private residence 15-years ago.
The big increase in Alzheimer’s patients dying at home could be occurring due to patient preference, as many people don’t want to go into a nursing home even when they get a serious diagnosis. Alzheimer’s patients may prefer to stay in their own home environment, provided they are able to get care from family members or home healthcare aides. While this can be very stressful for family members who are left to care for patients with dementia, there are programs that Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can help caregivers to take advantage of, such as caregiver respite services and adult daycares located within Michigan’s shoreline communities.
Finances could also be a factor in why many Alzheimer’s patients are passing away at home. Nursing home care and care in other institutional environments can be very costly and Medicare typically will not cover a nursing home. If a family cannot afford nursing home care and insurance won’t cover it, caring for a patient at home may seem like the only option. Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can, however, help families to qualify for Medicaid to pay for nursing home care if living in a nursing home would be a better environment for an Alzheimer’s sufferer.
Getting Help from Michigan Elder law Attorneys
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle serves Alzheimer’s patients and their families in counties from St. Clair to Presque Isle along Michigan’s eastern shoreline, including the Thumb and northeast coast. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you want help understanding care options and making a plan for the future, our firm is here to provide the assistance that you need.
To find out more about how our firm can help you to ensure you or your loved one gets the best care possible, and is able to afford to pay for that care without spending a life savings on nurses or a nursing home, give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online today.