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Often, family members caring for an elder with Alzheimer’s worry whether they are truly meeting their loved one’s needs. The disease is complex and causes changes that can be hard to cope with. And, it can be tough to communicate with a senior with Alzheimer’s disease who may have lost much of their traditional communication skills.
Some families may feel confident caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s at home longer than others. Either way, Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care & Programming for Sunrise Senior Living, recommends families take a proactive approach to planning for the older adult’s future care needs.
“I always recommend that adult children start talking about and planning for the future when they first begin to detect small changes in their family member,” explains Altman. “If you wait, you may find yourselves making important decisions in the midst of a difficult and unfamiliar situation.”
Signs a Senior with Alzheimer’s Might Need Memory Care
A few signs an older adult with Alzheimer’s might not be safe living alone include:
While some adult children decide to move a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease into their own home, that arrangement is usually temporary. As the disease progresses, many still seek the support of a memory care program. Researching memory care options in advance is usually the best course of action.
7 Tips for Evaluating Memory Care Programs
Memory care can differ greatly from one community to another. Some programs are part of a large continuing care retirement community, and others are a dedicated area of an assisted living or nursing care center. Whatever type of memory care you are exploring, it’s important to evaluate a few vital components.
Our final tip is the most important one: visit any memory care community you are considering in person. It’s best to do so more than once. Call 888-434-4648 to schedule a tour of a Reminiscence neighborhood at a Sunrise community near you today!