When Should a Senior with Dementia Consider Assisted Living?
Dementia can affect almost any person, from any walk of life. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia and when somebody has been diagnosed with it, memory loss is one of the most significant signs and symptoms of the disease. In the beginning, the elderly person will still likely be able to live on their own, but they might require some reminders and mental assistance to be safe.
Over time, though, those symptoms will progress.
There will be physical limitations. There will be safety concerns. There will come a time when that senior is no longer safe living alone, if they are alone right now. At that point in time, other options need to be considered, including assisted living.
Memory care assisted living is a wonderful option.
An assisted living facility that has experienced staff members who can provide a great support system for those dealing with dementia is one of the best options to consider. That senior may prefer to remain at home, but it might not be practical. It might not be practical because of the cost, safety factors, and many potential missed opportunities.
Go on a tour at one of these facilities.
Take the senior on a tour of an assisted living community that provides support for those dealing with dementia. There may be activities specifically engineered to offer assistance and benefits for those struggling with memory challenges. The staff may offer certain supports as well, including reminders about some of those activities, reminders about the dining facilities, the menu, or even when it’s necessary for them to take certain prescription medications.
The key for many families is figuring out when to make this move.
In the beginning, family, including a spouse, adult child, or even friends, might be a great support system for this senior diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. When the symptoms have progressed to the point when this support system can no longer handle it, when physical or verbal aggression is getting to be too much, when that senior is feeling uncomfortable far too often throughout the day, it is certainly time to consider other options.
It is never too early to consider assisted living, but it’s also not too late. The earlier a person considers a move, the better it’s going to be for them over the long haul. That’s because when the senior has an opportunity to become comfortable and familiar with their new living environment before the memory issues become more pronounced, it may help them feel more comfortable and maintain a higher quality of life.
For more information about assisted living in Shavano Park, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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