People are living longer now and that is a very good thing, because of this the number of elderly citizens is on the rise. With this increasing number though, does come an increase in the numbers of people living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association shared that in 2019, more than 5.8 million US citizens were living with Alzheimer’s. This number is forecasted to triple by the year 2040.
Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are multifaceted with no pinpointed cause and in most cases, no cure. It can be difficult, stressful, and time consuming to be the sole caregiver for a family member with dementia.
Now that dementia rates have risen, there are several care facilities that offer memory care for loved ones. Choosing a care facility for your dearly valued and loved family member can feel like a difficult decision and one of the hardest things you have ever had to do. Though many family members do care for loved ones from home, there may come a time when a dementia patient’s care is very demanding and unmanageable for one person or from inside the home, even with the help of a trained caregiver.
Some questions to help determine if someone might want to consider memory care for a loved one:
- Have any accidents occurred recently involving home appliances, like forgetting to turn off the stove?
- Should there be a fire, would the patient be capable of following through with necessary emergency procedures such as calling 911 and getting out of the home on their own?
- Is the patient less and less independent with daily activities like dressing and eating?
- Are they becoming suspicious of others, their medication, or of eating certain foods?
- Is your loved one willing to take all medications on schedule and use a device to help remind them?
- Has your loved one gotten lost on a walk or on errands? Can they remember important personal info such as address, phone number, and contacts for them to return home?
- How is your personal health as a primary caregiver? Can you still perform everything you need to do?
- Do you have additional support for your loved one’s care?
Types of Memory Care:
- Independent Living Community
This is a community for senior aged residents that want to retire to a neighborhood where all of the residents are like-minded and in the same stage of life. They can provide access to medical services and some memory care. These facilities are often furnished apartments with provided meals and housekeeping. Sometimes there will be group activities in a central community room.
These types of facilities are not currently covered under any insurance program, but the medical services might be covered by some insurance.
- Assisted Living Facilities
These types of living communities are designed to assist residents that may need help with daily living tasks, but do not need constant supervision/extensive care. Most assisted living facilities offer structured social opportunities and dining programs along with health aides for hygiene care and medical and nursing assistants for medication and other medical needs.
This can be a good choice for anyone with mild to moderate memory impairment because it allows residents to retain some independence while getting the care and assistance they need around the clock. Many assisted care facilities can offer a care program specific to each person’s individual care needs. Some facilities are small enough to allow for more relational and emotional care of loved ones.
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
These are commonly called nursing homes and usually are a last resort option for those who need constant supervision and help. This is usually the choice for those whose care needs exceed what is provided by other memory care facilities.
At Three Tree Living, we are an assisted care facility that is dedicated to the comfort, respect, individual needs, and experienced care of all clients seeking memory care.
We recognize that comfort, familiarity, routine, and security are all key important aspects to memory care. We want all of the residents in our care to feel at home because they are at home and are considered part of the family.