Determining the best place for somebody who has recently been diagnosed with dementia may not always seem easy. After all, it’s absolutely essential to consider the preferences of that person who has now been given this diagnosis, but expecting their spouse, adult children, friends, and others to be their primary caregivers may not be practical. That’s why assisted living is a great idea.
It’s important to focus on memory care assisted living, though.
Memory care assisted living offers a number of benefits to those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other type of dementia. Some of the things that are provided at these facilities are support services that friends and family may not be experienced enough to offer or who simply aren’t aware it could be essential to providing comfort and safety for this individual.
It can offer experience and support.
Most people have no prior experience helping an individual who was diagnosed with any type of dementia. This is a new thing for them and there will likely be a significant learning curve. Unfortunately, because not enough of these family caregivers understand the impact that ‘learning curve’ can have on an individual, it could mean (and most likely will mean) many unfortunate missed opportunities.
It helps to develop long-range plans.
Having a long-term plan is crucial at not only promoting a positive experience in life, but also keeping them safer. When a person moves through the various stages of Alzheimer’s, for example, memory loss will become much more significant. The disease will affect the brain which can lead to behavioral changes, safety concerns, and intense stress, not just for the senior, but his or her family as well.
Highly experienced memory care assisted living communities can help families and individuals develop great long-term plans that can promote a more comfortable and healthier environment for the months and years ahead.
It can help with the development of routines.
Routine may not seem important at first, but as the disease progresses and memory loss is more significant, it can lead to a lot of extra stress and anxiety and confusion. Some of that confusion can lead to extreme anxiety and behavioral issues, such as aggressive tendencies.
When a senior develops a routine, that could provide them comfort when they suddenly find themselves confused and unaware of their surroundings or the people with them. Waiting too long to focus on these routines can prove to be unfortunate missed opportunities. The risk of missed opportunities dramatically decreases for those who choose memory care assisted living when they are dealing with some type of dementia.
For more information about assisted living in Alamo Heights, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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