Hello, my name is Amelia. Welcome to my site about nursing homes and assisted living facilities. When my mother developed a hip problem that prevented her from safely living at home alone, we started the long search for a suitable place for her to live. We toured each of the facilities in our area to find the one that felt most like home while providing all of the support and security she requires. Through this site, I would like to help other people weed through the options to find the best possible place for their loved ones to live. Thanks for visiting my site.
Alzheimer's can have a negative effect on many different aspects of a person's life, from their relationships to their financial status. Family members naturally want the best for their loved ones who struggle with Alzheimer's. However, it can be difficult to determine exactly what your loved one needs. Memory care facilities provide people with Alzheimer's with a safe, supportive place to live where they can access specialized care. These are four things you should consider when deciding on whether or not to pursue memory care:
1. Your loved one struggles to meet their daily needs.
Alzheimer's is a progressive condition, which means that memory loss occurs gradually. The initial stages of Alzheimer's include mild forgetfulness, but over time, people can lose the ability to perform daily tasks. If your loved one is struggling to meet their daily needs of paying bills on time, collecting their mail, feeding themselves, and performing other tasks, it may be time to consider a memory care facility. Memory care facilities provide structured schedules that can help Alzheimer's patients thrive. They also provide practical care so residents can maintain proper nutrition and good hygiene, which can help them feel their best.
2. Your loved one has wandered off in the past.
People with Alzheimer's sometimes wander off, which can cause families to worry and put Alzheimer's patients in danger. Alzheimer's patients who are prone to wandering need adequate supervision to ensure that they do not become lost. Memory care facilities allow residents to roam freely within enclosed areas. This gives residents a sense of autonomy while also ensuring that they remain safe.
3. It is no longer safe for your loved one to live alone.
There may come a time when it is no longer safe for your loved one to live alone. People with Alzheimer's are in danger of starting fires accidentally by leaving stoves or cigarettes unattended. When your loved one is no longer safe at home, a memory care facility can provide peace of mind.
4. Your loved one has expressed interest in memory care.
Whenever possible, it's always best to make decisions about assisted living in partnership with your loved one. Elderly people can sometimes struggle with the challenges of growing older, particularly the loss of independence. These struggles can be more pronounced in people with Alzheimer's. If possible, it's best to start conversations about assisted living early. This can give your loved one an opportunity to come to terms with the idea gradually. Allowing your loved one to help make the decision about when assisted living is necessary can help them feel empowered and included in the decision-making process.
Contact a local memory care service to learn more.