Today, there are an increasing number of Americans who are doing their best to take care of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Being an at-home caregiver can have its rewards, but it is also fraught with many physical and emotional challenges.
One of the most difficult challenges facing at-home caregivers is recognizing when the time has come to provide your loved one with 24/7 professional care. Experts tell us that while it can be a very difficult and highly emotional decision, it is important to keep your loved one’s well-being and best interests as your top priority.
Your Loved One’s Needs Will Continue to Increase with Time
If you feel a sense of uncertainty and guilt over making this decision, you are not alone. Experts explain that these feelings are common and perfectly normal. At the same time, they remind us that with the passage of time, your loved one’s needs for care will continue to increase and the demands on your time, energy and endurance will grow as well.
Therefore, it is very important to become as knowledgeable as possible about the disease and its progression early in the process as possible. By understanding memory loss, you will be better prepared to know what lies ahead and in a better position to make the right decisions for your loved one’s care and well-being.
The Mayo Clinic and other leading sources in the field of progressive cognitive decline agree that at some point a person with dementia will require more care and supervision than can be provided safely, effectively and appropriately in the home. Fortunately, there are a variety of specialized resources available that can help you to decide when the time is right for round-the-clock professional care.
Tips to Help You Know When Residential Memory Care is Best
The Alzheimer’s Association article, “Residential Care,” provides helpful guidance to caregivers and their families who are seeking help in making the correct decision. The article provides advice and a list of important questions to ask yourself about your loved one’s condition. These can assist you in deciding if your loved one would be best served by living in a specialized memory care community providing 24-hour professional care.
Specifically, the Alzheimer’s Association recommends asking yourself the following:
- Is your loved one with Alzheimer’s becoming unsafe in their current home? Do they have difficulty climbing stairs, toileting and bathing? Are they at risk of falling?
- Is the health of your loved one or your health as a caregiver at risk? Have symptoms of the disease progressed to the point where they are becoming very challenging for you to manage in the home (e.g. incontinence, dehydration, aggression, paranoia and wandering)?
- Are your loved one’s care needs progressing beyond your physical abilities? Is your loved one becoming increasingly dependent on you for help with activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, bathing and toileting?
- Are you becoming a stressed, irritable and impatient caregiver? Are you feeling depressed, hopeless and having trouble sleeping?
- Are you neglecting your work responsibilities, your family and yourself?
- Would the 24-hour professional care, security, support services and social interaction at a residential memory care community benefit your loved one with dementia?
By following these helpful guidelines, you can make an objective decision about what is best for your loved one – and ultimately for you. Remember, despite your love and best intentions as a cargiver, it is simply not possible to provide your loved one with the level of care and support they require in a home environment as their condition progresses.
Amanda King, Executive Director, says, “Far beyond providing your loved one with the level of care and safety their condition demands, leading memory care communities such as Clarity Pointe specialize in activities, programs and amenities uniquely designed to give your loved one a life filled with smiles, purpose and fulfillment. We offer specialized memory care “living” neighborhoods solely dedicated to enriching the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias by emphasizing our philosophy of living well.
“Here, living well means living a life that is engaged, active and fulfilled. It’s leading a life with purpose, meaning and dignity. It means focusing on our residents’ capabilities and nurturing their continued zest for life. It’s providing just the right amount of individualized care and support so they may live as independently as possible in our beautiful purpose-built community.”
Clarity Pointe … Our Difference is Clear
Clarity Pointe 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 offers 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.