Making the decision to transition your loved one to a Memory Care community can be difficult, and you might not know when it’s time. Here are three signs to look for.
If your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you will have to keep an eye on their health. While stage 1 Alzheimer's symptoms are mild and can last for many years, you will want to look out for disease progression. If they enter stage 2, they will require a greater level of daily care. They may stop bathing, start isolating themselves, show personality or behavioral changes, or wander and get lost. Some of these symptoms create dangerous situations for your loved one, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the stages and possible symptoms of a worsening condition.
If you or another person close to you has been taking over the care of your loved one, it’s important to watch out for caregiver fatigue. Caring for someone with a progressive memory disease can be a full-time job with heavy emotional and physical ramifications that cause burnout, anxiety, or depression. We discussed some helpful tips for child caregivers in a previous blog if you want to learn more. If you or another family member is experiencing caregiver fatigue, it might be time to ask for help.
When it comes to deciding whether your loved one should transition to a Memory Care community, it’s important to consider their happiness and health above all. Consider if they seem happy where they are, or if they would be happier and healthier in a senior living community. Memory Care communities have supportive dementia therapies, an experienced staff at the ready, a safe environment, and daily activities and regular events to keep your loved one engaged.
You might have questions or concerns about senior living communities, and we would love to help answer those. Find a Careage community nearby to get started.