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7 Signs It’s Time for Memory Care

7 signs it is Time for Memory Care

Deciding when to transition a loved one to a memory care community can be difficult, but recognizing the signs during the early stages of dementia is essential to ensure their safety, well-being, and quality of life.

Here are seven indicators that it might be time to consider dementia care for your loved one.

1. Behavioral Changes

One of the earliest and most noticeable signs that it might be time for memory care is significant behavioral changes. A person living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia may become anxious, irritable, or more withdrawn. They might forget about daily chores and personal hygiene, leading to neglect of their well-being. These dementia symptoms are often challenging for family caregivers to manage at home.

2. An Unhealthy Living Environment

Neglecting household chores can lead to an unhealthy living environment, affecting the mental and physical health of your loved one. Watch for signs like spoiled food, trash piling up, or unpaid bills. This can indicate that they can no longer manage daily tasks independently, signaling the need for a higher level of care provided by memory care communities.

3. Disorientation and Confusion

Those living with dementia often experience cognitive decline, impairment, disorientation, and memory loss, leading to unsafe situations. If your loved one frequently gets lost, forgets how to drive, or leaves the stove on, they are at serious risk. These issues are often the first clue that more specialized health care is necessary to ensure their safety.

4. The Caregiver Is Overwhelmed

Caregiver burnout is a common issue when caring for someone with dementia. The stress and emotional toll can be immense, whether the full-time caregiver is a family member or someone else. When the demands of care become overwhelming, it affects both the caregiver’s mental health and the person’s well-being. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a range of resources, including support groups, online forums, educational materials, and a 24/7 helpline to help with caregiver burnout, but the most effective way to relieve a caregiver is transitioning the senior to a long-term care community.

5. Incontinence

As dementia progresses into the later stages, incontinence often becomes a significant issue. Managing incontinence can be incredibly challenging and demanding for caregivers. Memory care communities have the expertise and resources to handle these situations effectively, ensuring that your loved one receives appropriate personal care and maintains their dignity.

6. Unsafe at Home

Physical safety is a critical concern for individuals with dementia. If your loved one shows signs of weight loss, bruises, or difficulty standing, they may need more help than you can provide with in-home care. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s are prone to falls and injuries due to balance issues. They may also wander away from home, becoming lost and putting themselves in danger. Memory care units offer a secure environment designed to prevent such risks.

7. You Feel That It’s Time

Sometimes, the strongest indicator that it’s time for memory care comes from your own intuition. If you consistently feel that your loved one isn’t getting the level of care they need at home, it’s crucial to act on that instinct. Transitioning to a memory care community can ensure they receive the specialized care and support necessary to enhance their quality of life.

Learn More With Avista Senior Living

Recognizing these signs can help you make an informed decision about transitioning your loved one to a memory care community. Memory care communities like Avista are equipped to assist with activities of daily living and provide help tailored to the unique care needs of residents with dementia, ensuring their safety, comfort, and wellness.

For more information on memory care, respite care, and assisted living communities, schedule a tour of any of our senior living communities. We can help you determine the best care options for your loved one.

Contact Avista— where your loved ones are in the best hands.

Disclaimers: This article is for informational purposes only.

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