How do I know I’m a caregiver?
If you are a son, daughter, husband or wife of a loved one with memory loss issues, you are likely a caregiver. If you are an in-law, a neighbor, a friend or someone that comes into regular contact with the person afflicted, you are also likely a caregiver. Some caregivers live in the same house while some live across the country. Whether you spend 2 hours each week or 24 hours each day supporting a loved one, you are a caregiver.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to participate?
While many doctors do connect patients with our program, there is no order or referral needed.
What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?
Dementia is the general term used to describe impairment in thinking, reasoning, and memory skills. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, although there are other types. There are also some treatable and reversible medical conditions that may have symptoms similar to dementia. For this reason, we recommend that people who experience changes in thinking and memory skills report these symptoms to their doctor.
Does the person with memory loss issues have to be officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to take advantage of your free services?
There is no official diagnosis needed to take advantage of our free services. It’s possible you may be noticing the early stage events of memory loss in your loved one’s life. Early intervention is crucial!
How soon can we get started after our first contact with you?
Your first training session can occur within 10 days of your first contact with Memory Care Home Solutions. You can contact us by email, call us at 314-645-6247 or fill out our contact form.
In what areas of the community do you serve?
Memory Care Home Solutions serves the following counties in Missouri: St. Louis, St. Louis City, St. Charles, and Jefferson. We also serve the following counties in Illinois: St. Clair and Madison.
NOTE: We encourage clients who reside in the counties surrounding our service area to call our office. MCHS will make every attempt to serve these families on a case-by-case basis, and all families are welcome to meet at our office and Caregiver Training Environment if meeting at home is not possible. Families outside service area: Our team will serve families nation-wide through our remote/phone-based consultations.
What is the cost for your customized caregiver training service?
There is no cost for any of our programs regardless of income level.
What is the cost for your Memory Care Plus service?
There is no cost for any of our programs. Many families who find value in our services make a charitable gift as a thank you, but it is not expected.
Do caregiving families make donations to your organization?
Yes, we are honored when families who have experienced our services firsthand become donors, board members, and volunteers for our organization. We stay in close contact with many of these families who support and attend special fundraising events throughout the year. They also are vital by spreading the word about our free services.
Do you always include the loved one with dementia in the initial consultation?
It is helpful for us to meet your loved one and observe his/her strengths and limitations so we can make more specific recommendations. Some families are worried about hurting feelings or upsetting their loved one. In those cases, we can meet the family caregivers only.
What if there are members of our family who cannot attend a meeting with you?
We encourage as many family members as possible to participate in our caregiver training. Each family receives a strategy plan summarizing our recommendations. This is an important document to share with family members who could not be present for the face to face meeting.
Do you always meet families in the home of the person with memory loss?
We prefer to meet in the home when possible so that we can assess for safety, barriers, and supports. But we are also happy to welcome families to our caregiver training environment for the initial meeting.
Can you give me an example of one change you might recommend in the home of my loved one?
We may suggest equipment to make the bathroom safer, provide labels to help your loved one find important items, or help secure your doorways to prevent wandering
What is your affiliation with Washington University in St. Louis?
There is not a direct affiliation; however, Washington University in St. Louis collaborates with Memory Care Home Solutions to evaluate the program’s impact on the reduction of caregiver stress, the promotion of the functioning ability of the person with memory loss, and the reduction of health care costs.
Do you offer power of attorney assistance?
Yes, we assisted 50 families with this important need throughout the last year.
What if our family does not agree about how to care for an aging parent with dementia, or we don’t get along, or we have legal troubles?
MCHS meets with hundreds of families each year, and there is no such thing as a family with “perfect family dynamics.” We can assure you that your family conflicts are normal – and nothing will surprise our team of clinicians! Family members contribute to the care of a person with dementia in very different ways, and some people are not capable of caregiving. This is ok! We validate each family member, and seek to offer objective advice to help family members reach understanding of the options for care. We can also connect families with mediation and elder law services, if needed. Please do not let your difficult family dynamics deter you from reaching out for help!