We've all had minor moments of forgetfulness, but for an older adult with dementia, the problems associated with memory loss are far more serious than a fleeting feeling of embarrassment after yet again losing their keys or forgetting why they opened the fridge door.Dementia is a progressive disease and one of the major causes of disability and dependency among seniors. As the disease advances, older adults lose the ability to perform daily activities, such as shopping, cooking, driving or dialing the phone; at later stages, some can no longer dress or feed themselves.
Until 1981, when the first assisted living community opened in response to demand for a less institutionalized senior living option, nursing homes were the only alternative for an older adult who could no longer function at home. Assisted living has since grown in popularity, and many communities now serve the increasing number of seniors with dementia by dedicating entire wings to memory care residents. Some of these communities are entirely devoted to memory care, and some provide a care bridge program for early stage patients, which can make the transition to a memory care residence easier and less stressful.
If you are caring for an aging loved one, you are now privy to an entire industry’s worth of new jargon and terminology. From short-term stay to outpatient therapy, anxious behaviors to care plans - you can find yourself confused and overwhelmed pretty quickly.
If your loved one has a diagnosis of dementia, you are thrust even further down a road chock full of unknowns and forgotten memories. If you are newly starting on the memory care road, you might find yourself struggling to know if your loved one needs memory care services right now, or even what the term “memory care” means in the first place. In the hope of giving you solid information that you can build your expectations on, take a look at what memory care means and what services are typical.
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.
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.