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Alzheimer’s Disease: Providing End of Life Care at Home

 The decision to provide end-of-life care at home is not always easy. When making care decisions for someone else near the end of life, it is important to consider how a treatment will benefit the person and what the side effects and risks might be.

Fortunately there are many resources available to families and caregivers. Hospice provides wonderful services and gives family caregivers the support they need near the end of life, as well as help with their grief before and after their family member dies. Sometimes you might decide to try the health care team’s suggestion for a short time. Other times you might decide that the best choice is to do nothing. Alzheimer’s disease and similar conditions often progress slowly and unpredictably.

Experts suggest that signs of the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease include some of the following:

 

  • Being unable to move around on one’s own
  • Being unable to speak or make oneself understood
  • Eating problems such as difficulty swallowing or no appetite