After a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, a person often feels like life has ripped the rug out from underneath them. If a loved one has dementia, it may feel like your life is turned upside down.
How do you support this person? How — if you’re the one dealing with it — do you cope with the changes about to come? Elder care is what they need, but what does that mean?
Assisted living support, especially memory care, is the best option for those dealing with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.
What is a memory care assisted living facility?
This is an assisted living community with staff specially trained to support those with memory related challenges, including Alzheimer’s. A person with Alzheimer’s might manage their own affairs well enough for now, but that will change.
They will need reminders. They will become more confused. Confusion can lead to frustration. Frustration can lead to verbal or physical aggression and outbursts. When that happens, the senior will likely lash out at loved ones who are only trying to help.
A memory care assisted living facility helps these people through Alzheimer’s stages for comfort and safety. It also helps protect the relationships loved ones have with this senior.
How can a person with dementia make this decision?
They should discuss elder care options when first diagnosed or when they notice memory problems.
Unfortunately, most people try to ignore certain signs that something isn’t quite right. Mostly, they don’t want to accept what (may) be happening to them.
If the individual has Alzheimer’s, they may not be lucid enough to choose a memory care assisted living community. So, in that type of environment, what happens next?
Family needs to get together, talk seriously, learn as much as possible about assisted living and other elder care choices, and then discuss them with the senior when he or she is lucid and cogent.
That might be a tall order for many people, especially for those seniors at or approaching the final stages of life. It doesn’t have to be, though, as in many cases, until a senior is at the final stage of life, they can still help make rational and reasonable choices for their future, which may include a memory care facility.
Don’t wait too long; discuss memory care assisted living as early as possible, even if the senior diagnosed with Alzheimer’s isn’t ready to make that commitment yet. It’s those early conversations that can make all the difference down the road.
If you or an aging loved one is considering Assisted Living Support in Ridgefield, CT, please contact the caring staff at Elderly Caregivers LLC. today. (203) 628-7438
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