When to Seek Memory Care for Your Loved One

Memory Care for Socialization, Stimulation and Safety

One of our communities published a great article about when it’s time to seek memory care for a loved one. We want to provide our own take on the topic, expanding on some of the ideas presented to help discern when it’s best to seek memory care for seniors living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

 

When is it Time to Seek Memory Care?

Social isolation is dangerous for anyone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social isolation poses an increased risk of heart disease and stroke along with depression and anxiety. Aging adults are at an increased risk for isolation when living with dementia. They may be homebound and unable to drive, and it’s not uncommon for them to forget social engagements. 

Memory care and support communities offer:

  • Extensive activity calendars geared toward those with cognitive challenges
  • Family style dining which offers nutritious meals and opportunities to socialize
  • Staff to remind residents of upcoming activities and as well as an escort to activities for those who need it

 

Consider Safety When Looking at Memory Care Communities

Those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia may reach a stage where they become disoriented and unable to find their way home. They may wander at various times during the day or evening, or become agitated. These are symptoms that pose a safety risk for the individual living with dementia, making it difficult to monitor and provide appropriate assistance as a caregiver. 

At memory care communities:

  • Licensed memory communities provide secured areas to keep residents safe, and many include indoor and outdoor secure space so they can still enjoy time outside
  • Have staff on duty and available 24/7 so support is always near if someone gets disoriented or does not know what day it is
  • Team members are trained to provide the right support for those who become disoriented or agitated
  • Escort services may be available to ensure appointments are remembered and attended with a safe return trip home
  • Medication management services ensure medication is taken accurately and safely to optimize health

 

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia who could benefit from mental stimulation, consistent socialization opportunities and increased safety, speaking with a memory care senior living specialist can provide you with the facts needed to make an informed decision.

When considering memory care, look for extensive activities to keep your loved one engaged and active, and make sure there are certified staff on hand who are specially trained in memory support.

 

View the original article from The Preserve, which is based on Fort Myers, Florida.