Part 1: Someone you love is living with dementia, what now? Home > Blog > Part 1: Someone you love is living with dementia, what now? Part 1: Determining the Need Persons living with dementia experience changes in cognitive and functional abilities as the disease progresses. This varies from person to person depending on the type of dementia and the stage of the illness. Home-based services for persons experiencing early stage dementia Some persons living with a mild cognitive impairment are able to live at home with the support of a family member or caregiver. Many are able to perform daily routines with cues and guidance. These individuals may benefit from an Adult Day Care program or Companion care. The Rochester area has several high quality adult day care programs and companion care providers. These professionals assess and address the level of support needed. For persons living at home, these services provide stimulation and socialization while offering his/her caregiver respite from the day to day care giving role. Residential Care Services for persons living with dementia Residential care settings may offer the best plan of care for persons living with dementia, particularly as the needs of the individual increase. There are numerous Memory Care providers in both Assisted Living residences and Nursing Homes. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) authorizes the scope of care and services that can be provided at each care setting. Assisted Living Memory Care Special Needs Assisted Living Residences (SNALR) are licensed by DOH to provide memory care. These residences follow a social model of care in a setting that is less clinically oriented than a skilled nursing facility. And, they are half often the cost of nursing home care! To learn more about RPH, please call Nancy Smyth at 585.509.3987 or e-mail her at [email protected].