If you find yourself with a loved one in a dementia care community, or are considering memory care as an option for your family, it can often feel like you are learning and navigating an entirely new world.
Certainly, you are thrust into an industry full of jargon like “validation therapy” and “ADLs”, as well as new experiences like the care plan meeting. But what exactly is the point of a dementia care plan anyway? We have pooled our experience to give you the quick explanation of why your loved one has, and needs, a care plan, and why this should be an important part of dementia care even if your family elects to care for your loved one at home.
If you find yourself trying to navigate the waters of what life looks like with a loved one who is living with dementia, you can start to feel like you are drowning. Between terms like “plaques and tangles” and medications that promise to decrease anxious behaviors or slow down the disease process, it can get easy to forget all about the person who is at the center of this progressive disease.
Because dementia - whether Alzheimer’s or otherwise - is progressive, including a safe environment to live in is important to add to your short or long term care plan. However, if you are just starting the learning process with a loved one who is still in the early stages of the disease, it can be easy to wonder if you really do need to consider a memory care community for her living situation. After all, she may function well enough right now to remain in her home or in a care community that only offers minimal assistance.
Like most adult children, you probably want your parents to live their later years at home – that option might come off the table, however, if your Mom or Dad struggles with dementia.
Thankfully, there’s a great alternative for seniors who can no longer cope on their own because of cognitive impairment. Assisted Living Memory Care communities can actually improve the quality of life for people with dementia, helping them to function at the highest possible level for the longest possible time. Here’s a brief rundown on this senior living option.
Dementia can be a terrifying diagnosis, especially when you do not know what to expect. Dementia, however, does not have to be a dark and mysterious force haunting every second of your loved one’s life. There’s still plenty of joy to be found after a dementia diagnosis. Having the right medical information can help you or your loved one plan for the future, choose palliative care options, and pursue the right treatment.
With 7.7 million new cases of dementia each year, it is important that memory care communities—typically assisted living communities with the capability of caring for seniors with memory loss—stay ahead of the curve in providing cutting edge treatment that will lead to healthier and happier residents.
Dementia brings with it more than just memory loss: decreased judgment, increased depression, and poor nutrition are just a few obstacles that memory care communities must contend with in order to give residents the best quality of life possible. By choosing a memory care community, families of those living with dementia are making a decision to increase their loved one’s odds of having friends, hobbies, and meaningful moments.