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Are There Caregivers That Can Help My Mom Who Has Dementia and Metastatic Breast Cancer?

When my mom first got sick, I had no problem being her primary caregiver. Things have gotten worse lately -- we're now dealing with dementia and metastatic breast cancer. It's clear that I can no longer handle this on my own. Are there caregivers that can help?
 

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Yes, there are several different options that might work well for your mother's situation. Some of the basic care options include:
 
  • Adult day centers, which, as the name implies, provide care during the day
  • In-home care, in which caregivers come to her house
  • Residential care, such as nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and memory care units
  • Respite care, which provides temporary care in the home or in a facility to give the usual caregivers a break
  • Hospice care, which can be provided wherever she chooses to live, including in her home or in a facility, if her doctor believes she has less than six months to live.
 
As you can see, these options can provide as little or as much care as necessary. To help sort through the options available in your community, call her doctor's office and ask them to recommend a social worker.
 
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