Memory Care Timeline
Navigating the Decision Process
The decision to move a loved one to memory care is rarely an easy one.
At Duxbury House At The Village, our goal is to help residents remain as independent as possible while also giving families the peace of mind that their loved one is experiencing compassionate care and enjoying opportunities for engagement.
Supportive staff is on-site 24 hours a day, providing supervision and assistance as needed, facilitating social interaction and engaging activities.
Your loved one will enjoy the convenience of chef-prepared meals and healthy snacks available whenever hunger strikes, and you’ll appreciate the confidence that they are getting appropriate nutrition and hydration.
Above all, families appreciate knowing their loved one is experiencing the enhanced lifestyle they deserve.
Signs to Notice
Memory care assisted living can be beneficial for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, especially in the earlier stages. These conditions are not always easy to diagnose, but there are signs to watch for.
- Difficulty with self-care tasks, such as bathing and grooming
- Having a hard time getting around, decreased mobility
- Getting overwhelmed by bills and household chores
- Lost interest in cooking and eating, or confusion about whether they’ve eaten
If your loved one exhibits any of these or other behaviors that provide concern about memory impairment and possible Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, be sure to consult with their physician or specialist.
Also begin exploring memory care communities. Memory care assisted living provides a social, supportive, secure environment and can help promote continued independence, increase safety, and enhance quality of life.
Having the Conversation
One of the challenges of memory loss not related to aging is that our loved ones may not be fully aware of the potential impact it has on their safety and well-being.
Keep the conversation simple and give them something to agree to that isn’t necessarily directed at their diagnosis. For many seniors it is actually a relief to let go of the day-to-day worries about covering for their increased confusion, maintaining a home, finding transportation for shopping and errands, preparing meals, and even remembering whether or not they’ve eaten. Plus, living alone can be incredibly isolating, and in a memory care assisted living community there are always friendly faces and people to talk to.
Stay positive and listen to your loved one’s concerns. Share these concerns when you visit memory care assisted living communities. The memory care specialist you meet with will be able to address these concerns and show both you and your loved one how much living in a community will enhance daily living and provide peace of mind.
Finding the Right Memory Care Setting
Every memory care assisted living community has its own personality. To find the right fit, be sure to tour and talk with family members and staff. Sample a meal or attend an event. Feel free to ask lots of questions. Once you find the right memory care assisted living community, you and your whole family will feel right at home.