Choosing the best memory care community is no walk-in-the-park, especially if your loved one has special medical conditions or needs help with activities of daily living (ADLs). With so many senior living communities to choose from, you may not be sure which will suit the many needs of your loved ones.
When it comes to choosing a memory care program, there are a few things that we need to keep in mind. Most importantly, we need to ensure that our loved ones are in good hands, and will be satisfied, safe and happy.
Am I Financially Prepared to Be a Caregiver?
This is the most important thing to consider when becoming your loved one’s caregiver. For some people, it might mean quitting your job or cutting back on hours. For others, it can mean having to pay for specialized products, equipment, or even getting a larger car that can transport mobility devices. Even though there isn’t a price tag on familial love and filial piety, it is very important to first sit down with your parents and consider both your financial situations and what avenues for monetary help you can access.
How Will Caregiving Affect My Mental and Physical Health?
Caregiving in some cases can be a full time job. Unlike an office job where you can knock off after hours, your loved one is just as likely to fall or need help in the dead of the night as they are in the mornings. For some people, this can be anxiety inducing as they will constantly be required to be on guard to help their parents with daily activities. Physically, it might mean that you could experience sleep deprivation, more physical strain, or just be more tired overall.
Do I Have the Support and Resources that I Will Need?
In response to the previous consideration, it is therefore important to think about if you have the resources that you will need to best support your own health and needs. This can take the form of respite care options, having multiple caregivers, specialized features around the home, or engaging other forms of external services. These are not only important for when you start to feel stress or tired, it is also extremely important when you fall sick or have to travel for important commitments.
Will I Be Able to Make Time for Myself and My Loved Ones?
While it is important to make sure your parent gets all the help and care they need, it is also important to not put your life on pause. This is especially so if you have a family of your own and children that need your presence. For most older adults, their needs will only get more complicated and consuming as time pasts and it can be easy to lose yourself trying to provide for it all. IT is therefore important to make sure that there can be measures put in place to ensure a good balance for caregivers to have their own lives and rest time as well.
Experience the Best Senior Living Options at Discovery Village At Naples
At Discovery Village At Naples, we are a modern senior living community with brand new amenities to meet the needs of our residents. Our team firmly believes that every individual deserves the ability to live a life with dignity and happiness that is full of purpose every day. Even if they require extra help with their daily activities, or have medical needs, we introduce daily interesting activities and events that are senior-centric and interesting with our exclusive senior living programs.
If you or your loved one is considering a placement in a senior living community, or just curious about what our team can do for you, contact us today and our senior lifestyle coordinators will be happy to answer any questions you have or even schedule a tour for you to visit our beautiful grounds.