When your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, timing is everything. Transitioning them to a memory care facility can involve lots of change for the entire family. The more prepared and aligned you and your loved ones are in advance, the easier the transition will be.
Pay Attention to the Signs
Though timing may be different for every individual, moving to a memory care facility is the safest option when your loved one’s needs are no longer manageable within the home. Here are five signs that it may be time to move to memory care:
- Increased Isolation – Take notice of your loved one pulling back, avoiding social gatherings, or showing signs of depression.
- Health Decline – Not taking medications is a major concern when memory issues develop. Keep an eye on an increase of bruises or bumps from clumsiness or falls as well.
- Financial Concerns – Families should take note of unpaid bills or check books that have not been updated in some time.
- Messy Surroundings – Recognize when your loved one is not tidying up their home, especially if it begins to create tripping hazards.
- Lack of Personal Hygiene – Unkempt hair or nails, bad body odor, or forgetting to change clothes are some of the more noticeable signs that your loved one may display.
How to Ease the Transition
Family agreement is a big way to ease the transition into memory care. Getting all of the family decision makers on board with the move will help your loved one feel supported at every step. The key is to show your loved one that they can trust that you are providing them with a supportive, secure place with the supervision they need, while maintaining or improving their quality of life. Moving to a memory care facility also relieves caregiver stress, allowing family members to spend more quality time together enhancing their relationship.
Don’t wait for a crisis to make the move to memory care. Having a plan in place for when memory care becomes necessary will allow you and your family to focus on what’s important. Memory care will provide a supportive environment with hands-on care personalized to your loved one’s unique needs, interests, and routines.
Willow River is Here to Help
At Willow River, we understand the challenges that Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources you need. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 to start the conversation today.
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