Once diagnosed with memory loss, a person might be able live independently, or with family, for some time. But sooner or later, there may come a time when that person requires more care than can be provided at home. Check out the seven signs it’s time and if it’s time please schedule a visit.
Seven Signs It’s Time
The Alzheimer’s Association suggests these questions to help you decide whether it’s time to consider an assisted living memory care community for your loved one:
- Is the person becoming unsafe in his or her current home? Are they wandered off alone, leaving the stove on and unattended, or suffered unexplained injuries?
- Is their world shrinking? Do they seem lonely or agitated at home, and yet act erratically when you try taking her out? Have they become fearful of driving to places they always enjoyed?
- Is the health of the person with dementia or my health as a caregiver at risk? Is their physical condition worsening? (Inexplicable weight loss or gain, difficulty moving around, body odor, ripped or soiled clothes)
- Are the person’s care needs beyond my physical abilities?
- Am I becoming a stressed, irritable and impatient caregiver?
- Am I neglecting work responsibilities, my family and myself?
- Would the structure and social interaction at a care facility benefit the person with dementia?
Wandering is often the trigger that leads families to consider assisted living. Many people with dementia are prone to wandering, and they can easily get lost, fall, or become injured. When that happens, 24-hour supervision is needed to keep the person safe.
Some people with Alzheimer’s experience “sundowner syndrome“— a period of agitated behavior that becomes more pronounced later in the day. Others might exhibit verbal, physical, and even sexual aggression. When these difficult behaviors persist, caregivers and other family members may suffer or begin to feel resentful.
As the disease progresses into the late-stages, round-the-clock care requirements become more intensive. When the primary caregiver is a relative, his or her health can quickly become compromised as well.
We know how difficult it can be when a loved one experiences memory loss. We are currently building a new community specifically for those residents that need special attention to their overall memory health. Our new community is designed for residents with advanced Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.
Each home is designed to maximize a resident’s independence and mobility. Dementia certified caregivers have completed the UW Oshkosh Dementia Care course and are trained in the methods and tools to promote residents’ safety, health and happiness.