Age has a way of catching up with us–and on the people we love. It is estimated that 5.6 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 have early-onset Alzheimer's. As our loved ones begin to age and show signs of mental decline, it is important to consider their quality of life and how to best help them. If you begin to notice a decline in a loved one’s memory—whether dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or mild cognitive impairment—there are benefits to considering a memory care facility.
1. Memory Care Provides a Safe Environment
The purpose of a memory care facility is to care for those who are experiencing a mental decline. For those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia, it is very common for them to become easily confused or agitated. If unchecked, they may end up wandering away from home, driving to places they do not belong or find themselves in dangerous situations.
Memory Care facilities provide around-the-clock care to ensure that your loved one’s safety and security is being monitored.
2. Consistent High-Quality Medical Care
The simplest tasks—such as forgetting to take medication—can be a warning sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Memory Care facilities oversee medication management so your loved one doesn’t have to and helps them stay on top of other daily medical needs through in-home care and on-site doctors.
By having someone present 24/7 and helping them make good decisions for their daily health, our loved ones are able to age healthier and wiser.
3. Improved Socialization
Living with Alzheimer’s and dementia can lead to a loved one’s feeling of isolation. Memory Care communities can help combat this feeling through scheduled group activities, dining together, and so much more.
Activities and socialization—specifically geared for those with a memory impairment—ensure that residents live each day to the fullest, regardless of the changes that accompany a memory loss diagnosis.
4. A Better Quality of Life
Remembering to perform the Activities of Daily Living (ADL)—such as brushing your hair or bathing—may become increasingly difficult for someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Memory Care centers include dedicated, trained staff members that will ensure that your loved one’s health and hygiene are maintained to improve their quality of life.
5. Focus on Quality Time, Not Caregiving
If you have been taking care of someone whose memory is deteriorating, it can be stressful and sometimes exhausting. Because caregiver burnout is extremely common, the solution may be a Memory Care facility. It can help strengthen your personal relationship with them, stress can be reduced and you’ll be comforted in the knowledge that you made the correct decision for them. All of which allows you to focus on quality time with your loved one, while dedicated and trained professionals focus on their healthcare.
If you are considering Memory Care options for your family member, contact us today on our website or give us a call at 239-317-8649 to speak with a member of our team.