Moving into Memory Care: A Journey to a New Home
If you are concerned about a loved one with dementia, you are not alone. More than 7 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65 are living with some form of the dementia. Many people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can live on their own during the early stages of the disease, especially if they receive in-home support. But there may come a time when your loved one needs more care than you feel you can provide at home. For those struggling with memory loss or cognitive decline, the process of moving into a memory care community can sometimes be difficult for family members to navigate.
Memory care is a form of residential long-term care that provides intensive, specialized care for people with memory issues. Memory care is designed to provide a safe, structured environment with set routines to lower stress for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Employees help residents with personal care tasks, just like the staff at an assisted living facility, but they are also specially trained to deal with the unique concerns that often arise as a result of dementia or Alzheimer’s. They check in with residents more frequently and provide extra support to help them navigate their day.
As our loved ones age, it can be challenging to ensure they receive the care they need to live a happy and fulfilling life. For those struggling with memory loss or cognitive decline, the process of moving into a memory care community can be especially daunting. However, this transition doesn’t have to be a difficult one. With the right preparation, support, and understanding, moving into memory care can be a positive step towards providing your loved one with the care they need to thrive.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you embark on this journey:
1. Start planning early: Don’t wait until the last minute to start thinking about moving into memory care. Begin by researching different communities and their offerings and think about what’s most important for your loved one. This can help you make a more informed decision about where to move.
2. Consider your loved one’s needs: As you research memory care communities, be sure to take into account your loved one’s specific needs and preferences. For example, do they prefer a certain type of cuisine, or do they require specific medical or therapeutic services? Consider these factors when choosing a community.
3. Talk to your loved one: It’s important to involve your loved one in the decision-making process. Let them know why you’re considering moving into memory care and what your concerns are. This can help them feel more comfortable during the transition.
4. Make the transition gradual: Moving into a new home can be overwhelming, so it’s important to make the transition as smooth as possible. Consider spending time with your loved one at the memory care community before the move.
5. Seek support: Moving into memory care is a big change for everyone involved. Talking to others who have gone through similar experiences can be especially helpful.
While moving into memory care can be a difficult decision, it can also be a positive step towards ensuring your loved one receives the care they need. Wesley Manor’s Aldersgate neighborhood is a licensed Personal Care community, which means one of our nurses is onsite 24/7. Family members
enjoy the peace of mind knowing their loved one is enjoying life in a safe and secure environment. Our residents enjoy the comforts of living in their own place with access to care and convenient services in an active and engaged community setting. We would love to talk to you and make this journey a little easier. Please call 502-969-3277 to speak with our team, or visit Personal Care – Wesley Manor (wesman.org) to learn more about our Memory Care services.