Making the decision to move into memory care is hard for both the older adult as well as for their family. Not only will you have to decide on a community itself, but you will also have to work together to decide on when is the best time to make the move. After all, when can you be certain that you are no longer able to support your loved ones with the care that they need?
To help you make a decision, we have compiled some common signs that may indicate that it is the right time.
You Are Worried About the Safety of Your Loved One or Your Family Members
The common progression of dementia generally leads to significant changes to their personality, as well as agitation or confusion which may lead to threats of violence. If your loved one is starting to exhibit such signs and you have other vulnerable family members at home, it may be best to start considering memory care.
On the other hand, your loved one is also just as likely to become a safety hazard to themselves. This is especially so if they are living alone or have started to wander constantly. Memory care communities are able to provide round-the-clock care and specialized design elements that are able to help ensure that they are safe.
You Are Feeling Burnt Out
When it comes to providing care for a loved one, all the focus is on ensuring that they are getting the physical, emotional, and medical care that they need. However, the welfare of caregivers is just as important as a point of consideration. In letting their own levels of welfare be affected, continuing as a caregiver will not be a sustainable venture.
Your Loved One Is Neglecting Their Personal Care
If you are noticing that your loved one is no longer taking care of themselves, it might be time to have a proper conversation with them. Common signs are unkempt hair or facial hair, body odor, wrinkled clothing, and other hygiene issues.
Your Loved One Is Feeling Lonely and Isolated
On top of providing round-the-clock care, memory care communities are crucial in allowing your loved one to have the company of other like-minded individuals. This can help to alleviate any signs of social isolation and will also better allow them to form meaningful friendships and relationships.
Experience the Best of Memory Care at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf
Here at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf, we offer you our exclusive SHINE® Memory Care Program. By using scientific principles, SHINE® has created a curriculum that is highly personalized in order to provide care that is both compassionate and comprehensive. At every step, our certified team members, nurses, and nurse assistants are here to provide round-the-clock support for each individual to live life to its fullest. On top of this, you can confidently expect to have access to exclusive senior living programs that are designed to be enriching and fun.
For more information on our memory care program or our senior living community, contact us for more information.