5 Early Signs That Your Loved One May Need to Transition To A Memory Care Facility
According to Alzheimers.org, one in ten people age 65 and older is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. The disease doesn’t just affect the older adult. It also affects the loved ones responsible for their care. The amount of time and energy required to care for a senior can become a burden a loved one can’t carry very long.
But when is it time to consider whether one should move a loved one into a memory care facility? Moving a family member is never an easy choice but there are early signs you can look out for to make the best and most timely decision on moving your beloved elder to a memory care facility.
1. Your Mom or Dad are Having “Senior Moments” More Often
If your dad more forgetful each day? Some ways you can tell that “senior moments” are becoming an issue include:
- Finding duplicate items like several bottles of shampoo or two bags of onions that they probably purchased and forgot about
- They’re feeling confused about what they set out to do
- They have trouble following the storyline of a conversation or movie
- They wander around the house trying to remember what they were doing
- You notice burnt pots or water damage from flooded sinks or tubs
- They leave things in odd places
2. Your Loved One is Forgetting to Self-Care
Body odor can be one of the strongest clues that your loved one is forgetting about self-care. Other changes in personal hygiene and appearance include wearing clothes inside out or backwards or a father forgetting to shave and looking stubbly.
While personal hygiene issues aren’t serious, forgetting to self-care in other ways, like eating regularly or taking medication can be. Failing to take prescribed medications as prescribed can be dangerous.
3. Your Loved One Starts Sundowning
Sundowners syndrome is a condition where an older adult becomes more agitated later in the day. It’s common among Alzheimer’s sufferers and taxing on their caretakers, who don’t have the strength or resilience after a long day at work to effectively manage the behavior.
Physical or verbal aggression may start to occur as an aging adult attempts to cope with the frustration of dementia. The aggressive behavior might be the person’s way of trying to communicate their unmet needs.
5. Your Loved One Self-Isolates
Does your mom rarely go out any more? Perhaps her behavior is unpredictable or her forgetfulness makes her feel unsafe to venture out. So she stays home, becoming more restless and lonely.
Self-isolation can be detrimental to your senior and those that live with him and her. The restless senior can become difficult or aggressive, creating a hostile home environment for all. And lack of activity and social opportunities can accelerate dementia or Alzheimer’s.
When it’s Time to Transition to A Memory Care Facility
Your loved one’s dementia symptoms are likely to become more acute over time. Before you experience caretaker burnout, consider transitioning your senior into memory care.
In a memory care facility, professional memory care staff are trained to address these five early signs as well as other symptoms that develop as the disease progresses. Professionals use redirection, distraction and other techniques in a compassionate and caring manner to keep senior memory care residents calm and safe.
Memory care programs are equipped to provide the proper activities and stimulation that a senior needs to release some of their physical energy in a safe environment. Nutrition and medication management also play an important role in keeping an older adult with dementia as healthy as possible. Staff at a licensed memory care facility like Sodalis Senior Living and Memory Care provide daily meals three times per day as well as medication at the right time and dose.
Do you have questions about whether or not a memory care facility would be the best choice for your family? Don’t hesitate to contact us. Our trained professionals are happy to help. We welcome you to come take a visit of one of our Memory Care locations.