Memory, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s care are sensitive topics.
Memory Dementia Alzheimer’s Care
No one wants someone they care deeply about to suffer from these issues. They occur with many seniors and are something that needs to be addressed when evaluating care options. More than 5 million people have Alzheimer’s today according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. While dementia by itself is not a disease, symptoms include confusion and memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and interrupts thinking, memory and behaviour.
Memory Care facilities focus on personal needs.
A secure setting is needed for individuals with memory related loss. The staff should have specialized training in memory care. Memory Care facilities focus on personal needs and well-being.
- Memory Care facilities encourage families to bring photos and personal items to encourage familiarity.
- Memory Care facilities offer private and friendship suites to accommodate financial needs.
- Some things to consider when moving a loved one into a Memory Care facility are listed below:
What to look for in a Alzheimer’s/Dementia facility
- Does the facility have a wander alert system?
- Are water and decaffeinated beverages offered throughout the day?
- Can the staff easily see the resident’s rooms?
- Does the facility provide finger foods?
- Does the facility have a community-based group or family support group?
- Does the facility have a safe area for wandering?
Some Tips on how to communicate with a memory loss individual, courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association.
How to Communicate with a Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patient
- Be patient and speak in a low-pitched soft voice
- Use few words as possible
- Give the patient plenty of time to respond
- Use non-verbal gestures including nods and smiles
- Don’t overwhelm the person with “why” questions
- Alzheimer’s Association HELPLINE (800) 272-9300
The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
- Difficulty performing simple tasks
- Confused about place and time
- Trouble in speaking or writing
- Changes in personality or mood
- Challenges in solving problems
- Memory loss that interrupts daily life
- Withdrawal from work
- Trouble understanding images
- Poor judgement
- Misplacing things
If you have a loved one needing Memory Care.