A transition into memory care from home can be a struggle and very tough decision. So many thoughts go through a caregivers mind. When is the right time? How do I get my loved one to transition to memory care? Will they be willing to move in? What will my loved one think? Are they more appropriate for memory care in assisted living or long term memory care? How can I continue to take care of them at home instead of moving them somewhere?
These are all valid questions that someone may be asking themselves. So how do you know? Here are some basic questions you can ask yourself:
Do you worry about your loved one at home or leaving them by themselves?
Are you experiencing caregiver burnout. Often times a caregivers health declines even faster than the person they are caring for. In certain situations, caregivers need to admit they need help and think about what is going to be best for their health and their needs.
Does your loved one wander outside? Has your loved one left the house and not been able to find their way back? They may have even wandered to their own yard, but couldn't remember where they were or where to go next. It is always key to keep surrounding neighbors educated on your loved one's disease so they can be an extra set of eyes and ears.
Has your loved one started neglecting their finances? They may not be paying bills on time or spending down their finances rapidly. They may even be giving their money away to people or organizations that they shouldn't be.
They may be neglecting their personal care. Someone living with dementia often wears the same clothes repeatedly. They cannot process that they just wore that same outfit yesterday or the day before.
They also may be neglecting their house. They may leave the oven on or put items in places that they do not belong such as the microwave, freezer, etc. Someone living with dementia may leave spoiled food on the counter or in their refrigerator and may not attend to dirty dishes .
Someone living with dementia may start to become overwhelmed at events or gatherings. The stimulation of sights, sounds and interactions may cause them to have angry outbursts or high anxiety which could cause extreme stress for the caregiver and a desire for isolation by the person with the disease.
Their may never be a "right" time to move someone into a senior living memory care community but seeking education and support can put you on a path to knowledge as you grapple with ever-changing needs and behaviors. Staying proactive and visiting memory care senior living communities during early stages of the disease is key. This will help you include your loved one in the decision making process when a transition is needed. You will also have choices and not feel rushed to make a decision when the time to move becomes more apparent. The Views Senior Living is always here to help you navigate through those thoughts and decisions, determining whether one of our communities are the right fit for your loved one. Call one of our Community Relations Directors today to set up a tour or learn more.