Alzheimer’s assisted living is different than most other types of assisted living care and while the level of care might be different, you want to make sure that you have the best, most experience, and qualified people working with your loved one as they deal with this challenging disease.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you have probably already gone through (or are currently going through) the stages of grief. You might have thought that the diagnosis of the disease was a death sentence because there is no cure and that it’s a long and lonely road to travel for the person who has been diagnosed with it.
However, that road doesn’t need to be fraught with despair. A person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease isn’t ready to check out just yet, and while there will likely be some tough times and a difficult road to travel ahead, the type of care, and the level of that care, that they receive can make a significant difference in how they manage.
Some people prefer to keep their loved ones close when they are diagnosed with this disease. Others just want the best care. Still others have their loved one move in with them because they think that they can provide better care than professionals and that they don’t really want their loved one surrounded by strangers when the worst aspects of the disease begin to set in.
One thing to consider when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, though, is that when they begin to lose their memories, having a routine that they are used to and comfortable with is going to make all the difference in the world. When you hear about Alzheimer’s patients who become angry and even violent, it’s often because they are taken out of their routine and this frightens them. Their reaction is actually a normal reaction to this fear.
So when you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you might want to consider having them move to assisted living sooner, rather than later. They might not like the idea, but the more comfortable they become in their surroundings, the easier it will be for them, and for you, later on. Of course, not all assisted living facilities can manage patients with Alzheimer’s, so make sure that you find an Alzheimer’s assisted living center for your loved one.