Senior Care Choices: Memory Care
This blog post is a part of a series entitled, “Senior Care Choices.” In each post, you’ll get an overview of a specific senior care option and the basic information you’ll need to know if it is a good option for you to pursue. Today we’re talking about memory care. Be sure to check out the different posts detailing other excellent possibilities of care for you or your loved one.
What is Memory Care?
Memory care includes a variety of programs that assist those who are facing Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory impairment. These programs include assisted living, home health care, skilled nursing care, and special units within a skilled nursing community.
When Should I Consider Memory Care?
While difficulty retrieving information from memory is common as we age, memory loss that is so severe that you or your loved one is no longer able to continue in regular daily functioning is not normal. A gradual decline in basic intellectual functions such as remembering, thinking, and reasoning, are all symptoms of dementia.
The most common form of dementia is called Alzheimer’s disease which is a progressive and terminal disorder that gradually damages and destroys nerve cells in the brain. A definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can only be made through an autopsy following death, but qualified doctors can diagnose Alzheimer’s through special methods of evaluation. When diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, beginning the search for the ideal memory care program is essential.
How Do I Choose a Memory Care Program?
As different stages of Dementia and Alzheimer’s require different services, it’s important to know what kind of facility will be right for you or your loved one. Taking the time to research and visit Alzheimer’s or dementia care facilities is vital in understanding whether a particular location or service is right for you. We recommend that you visit at least three programs to determine which option is right for your particular situation.
- Alzheimer’s care communities are ideally suited for those who may simply require some assistance with daily activities. At many of these communities, you are allowed independence and given plenty of freedom to go about daily activities.
- Assisted living communities are another possible option as long as the community offers specialized dementia care.
- Nursing homes or home care may be the ideal option as the dementia or Alzheimer’s progresses and requires additional care.
The most important part is to ensure that you or your loved one receives the appropriate care. With proper treatment, you and your loved one can enjoy a relatively normal and peaceful life. As always, Turning Point Michiana is here to guide you in the important decision of memory care.