When a family member or loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, we may not immediately make plans for them to receive specialized care. The signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia usually unfold over time and this can make it difficult for caregivers to know exactly when to consider memory care.
However, as time goes by, you may soon realize that caring for a loved one with dementia will put a strain on family caregivers, who usually need to juggle multiple roles in their daily lives. This will then have an impact on everyone involved, be it psychologically or emotionally. In order not to compromise on your loved one’s safety, happiness, and their quality of life, it may be time to consider the move to memory care.
Three Signs That You or Your Loved Requires Memory Care
Below are three tell-tale signs that you or your loved one needs memory care:
- Memory lapses: If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and are experiencing memory lapses that may have endangered your well-being, you should consider memory care. For instance, you cannot remember or recognize where you are and have gotten lost a few times, or have accidentally walked into a busy road. You lose track of the days and as a result, missed some of your appointments.
- Unable to handle normal tasks: Doing up grocery lists, preparing food, making payment or driving are some of the activities that you suddenly find daunting, and can no longer carry out on your own.
- Loss of weight and appetite: You have lost quite a bit of weight and food no longer interest you.
Our loved one or family member with dementia requires round-the-clock attention from the caregiver. Sometimes, the stress of caring for a dementia patient can take a toll on our health physically, mentally, as well as emotionally. If you have other commitments besides taking care of your loved one, chances are you will soon find it difficult to cope with the role of being the primary caregiver. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it may be time to consider memory care for your loved one.
Benefits of Memory Care
Research has shown that people with Alzheimer’s or dementia who move into memory care communities lead more fulfilling lives compared to their counterparts. This is possible because of effective memory care programs that stimulate the patient mentally, physically and emotionally.
Consider Discovery Village At Tampa Palms for Memory Care
If you or your loved ones are on the lookout for a memory care community, we warmly invite you to visit our beautiful grounds at Discovery Village At Tampa Palms. We have received nationwide recognition for excellence in memory care and our SHINE<® Memory Care curriculum has been awarded the Certificate of Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association®. Under the dedicated care of our professional team, we’re sure your loved one will feel happy, contented and safe. Get in touch with us to learn more about our memory care program.