Caring For Your Loved One
As we age, we change. Our bodies, our minds, our outlook, and even how we spend our days changes. For some seniors, the changes come gradually allowing one to plan for the next phase of life, but for others, they may come more suddenly and unexpectedly.
There are many reasons for choosing an assisted living or personal care community to call “home”.
Those individuals who are in relatively good health but need a little extra assistance daily may still want a lifestyle change from the burden of owning a home or the isolation of living alone. Assisted Living communities provide an alternative to dealing with issues such as maintenance, navigating stairs, upkeep of a household, preparing meals, handling laundry and security. Assisted living communities offer the added benefit of neighbors just like you, planned activities, trips and opportunities to enhance independence.
As we age, individuals may require additional care and assistance with some of the activities of daily living, from bathing and dressing to medication management and transportation. Physical limitations may cause some seniors to become self-conscious and less social, which can affect their overall outlook and sense of well-being. Assisted living communities can address all of these needs with a carefully orchestrated care plan between a resident, onsite medical professionals and area physicians. By addressing everyday needs with just the right amount of care, assisted living residents can thrive while living as independently as possible.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss present special challenges to families. Caring for loved ones with memory loss can be difficult. It is important for individuals and families to recognize these changes and to anticipate desired or necessary lifestyle changes and care needs. After a certain point, the needs of the individual with Alzheimer’s or memory loss typically surpasses the family’s ability to provide the needed 24-hour care and oversight.
Assisted Living communities with specialized memory care programs or communities whose sole focus is Alzheimer’s or memory loss may be the answer for a loved one. These programs offer specially trained staff in a secure environment with around-the-clock care. Families often find that moving a family member with Alzheimer’s to such communities allows their time with their loved one to be quality time, while experienced and trained caregivers handle the resident’s unique day-to-day care needs.