“Today, many families are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia as a result of our rapidly expanding older population,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Pensacola, the beautiful new memory care community opening this December in Pensacola, Florida.
“As part of their labor of love, these caregivers must cope with their loved one’s increasing physical and emotional challenges stemming from Alzheimer’s progressive symptoms. As if trying to balance their daily caregiving duties with those of home, family, career and personal time were not enough, caregivers and their families also face another significant challenge – making difficult decisions that are in the best interests of their loved one’s care, safety and well-being.
“For many families, considering when the time is right for round-the-clock professional memory care can be an extremely difficult one fraught with emotional conflict, family dissension, guilt and indecision. She states. “They may ask themselves if they are doing the right thing or if they will understand.
“This is understandable and perfectly normal. All loving families want to do what is best for that individual. However, because of the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s, memory care experts tell us that it is typically not a question of if, but when the loved one should receive professional care.
“Fortunately, memory care authorities offer their own objective perspective on the issue that can guide at-home caregivers and families in the right direction.”
The Progression of Alzheimer’s Requires Increased Levels of Care
The Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic both advise that as your loved one’s condition progresses, so does their need for additional levels of care and supervision. At some point, the person with Alzheimer's disease will need more care than can be provided appropriately in the home setting.
While they acknowledge that making the decision to move a loved one with Alzheimer’s to a memory care community is often difficult, they confirm that it is in the best interest of your loved one’s continuing well-being.
Tips for Knowing When it’s Time for Professional Memory Care
The Alzheimer’s Association section devoted to Residential Care, provides useful guidance and insight for making the correct decision for your loved one. They offer a detailed list of keyindicatorsyou can use to decide if your loved one would be best served in a specialized memory care community providing 24/7 care and a variety of wellness and life-enrichment activities.
Specifically, they advise that caregivers ask themselves the following key questions regarding:
- Safety – Is your loved one with Alzheimer’s becoming unsafe in their home environment? Do they have difficulty climbing stairs, toileting and bathing? Are they at risk of falling, burning themselves or ingesting dangerous items?
- Increasing Health Risks – Is the health of your loved one or your health as a caregiver at risk? Have their Alzheimer’s symptoms progressed to the point where they are becoming challenging for you to manage in the home, e.g. incontinence, dehydration, aggression, paranoia and wandering?
- Level & Quality of Care – Are your loved one’s care needs progressing beyond your physical abilities? Is your loved one with Alzheimer’s becoming increasingly dependent on you for help with the normal activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, bathing and toileting?
- Your Own Emotional Health – Are you becoming stressed, irritable and impatient? Are you feeling depressed, hopeless and having trouble sleeping?
- Over-extending Yourself – Are you neglecting your family, your work and yourself? Are your Alzheimer’s caregiver responsibilities taking over and diminishing your own quality of life?
- Round-the-Clock Specialty Care – Would the 24-hour professional care, security, wellness services, amenities and social engagement activities at a memory care community benefit your loved one with Alzheimer’s?
“Following these useful guidelines by memory care specialists can help you to make an informed, objective decision about what is best for your loved one with Alzheimer’s,” Lonette states.
“Our experience has been that when loved ones receive the needed care and attention of specially trained professionals, it is highly beneficial for them and their families. Families can now enjoy more quality time with their loved one free of the stresses of caregiving and with the peace of mind of knowing their loved one’s needs are always taken care of.”
Memory Care Is All That We Do
At Clarity Pointe Pensacola™ our approach to memory care is unlike the care one receives at a special unit within an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility. Here, memory care is our specialty, so every resident experiences compassionate, evidence-based memory care provided by professionals specifically trained in memory loss in a comfortably customized setting.
Our purpose-built community is designed entirely to provide residents with a peaceful, easy-to-navigate, secure and supportive environment. Loved ones we care for enjoy socially engaging activities and events, special wellness classes and exercise programs and beautiful outdoor courtyards. We create memory care communities that empower residents to live well, thrive and find purpose and meaning in each new day.
Serving Caregivers and Families with Valuable Memory Care Information and Support
At Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, we offer more than exceptional memory care for loved ones. We are also a memory care resource for families. As we prepare for our grand opening this December, we invite you to visit our developing website often for more updates and information.
You can also view Clarity Pointe’s memory care articles and tips for at-home caregivers and families on a variety of helpful topics that you can use today.
Clarity Pointe … Our Difference is Clear
Clarity Pointe’s Specialized Memory Care “Living” Neighborhoods are truly changing lives for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – and for those who love them. At Clarity Pointe, our mission is to ensure our residents lead connected and rewarding lives.
Unlike other providers that offer a secure memory care wing in a skilled nursing or assisted living center, Clarity Pointe Pensacola offers three freestanding, purpose-built Memory Care communities that are solely and entirely dedicated to Memory Care Assisted Living. Our communities blend luxurious surroundings with specialized care that is individualized to each resident and delivered by a compassionate, expert team of professionals.
We stay current on the latest trends and advancements in Alzheimer’s care and implement them into our residents’ care plans. Always moving forward, we combine the latest in evidence-based programming with luxurious, residential living and compassionate respectful care.
For each of our residents, we offer a life that is engaging, fulfilling, inspiring and meaningful.