- An aging senior who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may certainly want to remain home for the rest of their life, but is that truly practical? It can certainly be done, but what many families ultimately realize -especially as the disease progresses- is the senior can certainly be safe at home, but they may not be maintaining as high a quality of life as possible.
That’s where memory care assisted living comes into play.
A facility that specializes in providing support for those dealing with memory-related challenges, like Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, can provide the right physical support to keep them safe while also encouraging activity (within reason).
What does it mean to have activities ‘within reason?’ It essentially means certain activities could be safe and fun for those who may have limited mental capacity or function or even be struggling with significant memory loss.
A lot of family members and friends may have the best intentions at heart while supporting a person with Alzheimer’s, but unless they have significant experience with this disease, they simply may not realize what can benefit them best.
This is one key reason why more seniors choose memory care assisted living.
They may start this new journey at home when they’re first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. During those early months and couple of years, the memory loss may not be significantly impacting their life to the point they are no longer safe, but eventually the symptoms and signs will progress and they will reach a point when they’re confused more often, get frustrated more easily, and start lashing out at those around them, who happen to be (more often than not) family and friends.
By choosing a memory care assisted living facility, that senior will have the opportunity to be in a safe environment, surrounded 24 hours a day by experienced staff members who can provide comfort and assistance in the best manner possible, even if he or she wakes up in the middle of the night completely disoriented and frightened.
During the daytime hours, they might go for strolls around the area, take part in arts and crafts, watch a movie, and do other activities. In this closed environment, there’s also a significantly reduced risk this senior might wander off, get disoriented, and even lost.
When a loved one in your life has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, sit down and talk about proper care options, which should include memory care assisted living.