You have a parent of advancing years who is now diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is most likely a challenging thing to accept. It may take you, other family members, and even that senior some time to come to terms with this diagnosis. Now that you have absorbed this new reality, it may be time to at least discuss, openly and honestly, the prospect of assisted living.
Memory care assisted living can offer numerous benefits.
When a person is dealing with Alzheimer’s, this is a progressive disease. Even though memory loss may be impacting them right now, it’s going to get progressively more challenging. They will face times when they can’t remember where they are, what they were doing, and could become a liability to themselves.
Unless they have dedicated friends and family ready to look after them all day, all night, day after day, month after month, year after year, there will likely be moments when they’re left alone. It is in those moments that things can quickly de-escalate and become extremely dangerous.
In a quality memory care assisted living community, elderly residents diagnosed with any type of dementia will be surrounded by highly trained and experienced staff members 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure they remain safe, don’t wander off and get lost, and have the right support whenever they need it.
Not all assisted living communities are equipped to handle these types of dementia.
Some communities will be more specifically set up for elderly men and women not dealing with intense memory related challenges. If they are not specifically a memory care assisted living facility, they may not have the right staff who understand the various symptoms and challenges a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may begin experiencing. As a result, they might not understand the best strategies to employ to offer comfort, quality care, and proper support.
Staying active and engaged in life is crucial.
Staying mentally stimulated and physically active (as physically active as possible, given that seniors physical capabilities) can pay dividends. In fact, there are some research studies indicating mental stimulation early on, shortly after diagnosis, can potentially delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss free time (). This could be just a matter of weeks or months, and depending on the individual it could be years.
Having the right support, the right activities, and the right engagement can improve quality of life for a senior diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and it can also offer comfort to his or her family.
For more information about senior housing in Hollywood Park, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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