When a senior and loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another related form of dementia, you may not know what the next step is, or if memory care is the right option for your loved one. Alzheimer’s and dementia are progressive disease that become more difficult to deal with as time goes on. While family members may be able to help out initially, when the condition becomes more serious, it may become more difficult to deal with and it is probably best to enlist the help of a caretaker or an assisted living facility.
There are assisted living facilities that offer memory care to people who have some form of dementia. With that said, an abrupt change in living environment can be a difficult thing for anyone to deal with, especially, if that person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia.
When it comes to memory care facilities, there is a lot that needs to be taken into account. For example, not only the specifics of the facility, but moving time, memory care specifics and more are all things that need to be considered when it comes finding the right assisted living facility.
Transfer trauma and relocation stress syndrome is a problem characterized by a number of syndromes that can occur in someone who moves from one environment to another, whether it is a child changing schools or, in this case, an elderly person changing living environments due to issues like dementia.
There are many symptoms associated with this problem, symptoms include combativeness, screaming, complaining, and other challenging behaviors. Other physiological symptoms can include confusion, pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, weight loss or gain, and more.
Fortunately, if prepared for properly, problems associated with transfer trauma and relocation stress syndrome can be minimized.
Preparing for A Memory Care Community
The most important part about preparing for a memory care community is to find one that suits the needs of your loved one and your other family members. Assisted living is becoming an increasingly popular long-term care option for older adults with dementia. In fact, some reports show that as many as 68 percent of all assisted living residents have dementia. When looking for the right community, it is best to go tour the facilities and meet the staff. These tours will also give your loved one a chance to get acquainted with the new space and maybe even some of the people.
It is also important to take your time with the move. Moving too quickly can lead to increased anxiety not only for your loved one, but you as well. Remember to take your time when looking for a facility and for actually moving, rushing will only make the situation worse.
Moreover, it is a good idea to talk with your loved one about the move. Even if you are making the decision for them and for their safety, this is something that they need to know and needs to be discussed. During this discussion, be sure to reassure your loved one that you will be nearby and will continue to see them regularly, this can help to alleviate some of the worry or anxiety they are feeling.
The transition between the new environments will go more smoothly if you try and make the new living area look like their previous one. You can ask the facility for a copy of the floor plan ahead of time so that you can start preparing as soon as possible. Be sure to bring family photos and sentimental items that will help create a sense of homeliness.
Memory Care Details
As mentioned before memory care is becoming a more popular option among assisted living facilities as a larger portion of the senior population is being affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Caring for an adult with dementia can prove to be a difficult task, especially as the condition progresses. By enlisting the help of an assisted living facility that offers memory care, staff and caregivers can help your loved one navigate daily life as they deal with their dementia.
Memory care is entirely dependent on what a resident needs assistance with. Whether it is daily tasks like eating or self-care like bathing, caregivers can help patients in their day-to-day lives. Along with normal everyday things, problem behaviors are common for people with dementia, memory care can help patients when they have bouts of agitation and aggression.
There is evidence that memory care can be an effective form of treatment. In fact, on study found that after six months of memory care, patients exhibited fewer depressive behaviors and trended toward fewer total behavior problems. Likewise, caregivers exhibited less distress over behavioral problems than comparison caregivers.
Overall, memory care is a serious option that should be considered for families who have loved ones that are dealing with some form of dementia. Decisions should be made before the disease progresses to far.
Assisted living facilities, and memory care specifically, can make life easier not only for your loved one who is struggling with dementia, but for your own well-being as well. Memory care can help patients with day-to-day tasks like eating or bathing and can also help them when they are experiencing problems like aggression or dementia-related wandering. Despite how helpful memory care can be, if you do not prepare for moving to an assisted living facility properly, it can lead to a number of problems like depression, anxiety, and more.
At Landmark Senior Living, we offer patients access to memory care as well as a number of other features of services. This includes access to medical care and social activities and events that are put on by the staff. Our facilities and staff can help keep your loved one happy and safe as they move on to the next chapter. If you are interested and would like to learn more about our facilities, please visit our website and schedule a complimentary walkthrough of one of our many facilities.