There’s an estimated 5.8 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. People with dementia can begin to exhibit certain behaviors as the dementia progresses. If behaviors are impacting the quality of day-to-day living, a person with dementia would be better off living in a facility that provides memory care. A place that employs staff members trained in working with people who have some form of dementia.
What behaviors are indicative that it may be time for a loved one to live in a facility that offers memory care?
Changes in Behavior
It is not uncommon for people with dementia to begin acting dramatically in a number of ways that are different to their usual behavior. For example a loved one may become fearful about driving and decline leaving the house, a person who enjoys a polished appearance may discontinue daily grooming because they have forgotten how to and are embarrassed to ask for help. They may become anxious or agitated about things that were not huge concerns before.
Confusion and Disorientation that Impacts Safety
Dementia can cause confusion and disorientation that can cause harmful accidents. For example: someone with dementia could be driving and forget the rules of the road and get into an accident or they can take a walk away from home and forget how to get back. If there are recurring instances of a loved one becoming forgetful and putting their safety at risk, it may be time for memory care services.
Declining Physical Health
Physical changes such as becoming thin and frail as a result of forgetting to grocery shop or take necessary medications are a common factor of dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is not surprising for a person with dementia to forget taking medication or forget that they took it and take too much.
Negative Impacts on a Caregiver
Many people with dementia are cared for by their relatives. A large percentage of them by a spouse or significant other. If the caregiver has their own decline in health, passes away, or is held back in their daily expectations due to the needs of the one with dementia the loved one may benefit from being placed in memory care services.
If incontinence begins to become a big problem it is not uncommon for family members and even hired professional in-home medical care givers to become overwhelmed. It is not something to be ashamed of needing more help with, but it is a good time to consider a memory care facility.
If you have noticed some or all of these signs in your loved one it may be time to consider memory care.
To help you determine for sure your loved one’s need for memory care check in with their primary care provider. Tell them about the changes you have been noticing and ask them if they would recommend a full-time memory care facility.
At 3 Tree Vista we provide the best in comfortable and caring full-time memory care services.
It is our main goal to design and organize a living arrangement that makes your loved one feel like they are living at home because they are at home. We are a family owned and operated facility dedicated to the best care of our residents.
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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?