When is it Time for Memory Care?
One of the most common questions we get asked is, “How do you know when it’s time to place someone with memory impairment into long-term care?” This is a big question. There is no right or wrong answer.
Whether your loved one is currently living independently, with a family member, or in a senior independent living apartment, the right time to look for memory care varies. However, there are a few things to consider that can help you make the decision.
Signs it might be time for memory care:
- I continually worry about my loved one’s physical safety.
- My loved one is combative and upset with me much of the time.
- My loved one is incontinent and I am unable to manage this need.
- My loved one is not eating properly or taking his or her medications correctly.
- My loved one can no longer manage his or her personal hygiene.
- My loved one no longer knows who I am.
- My loved one is forgetting to pay bills and isn’t managing his or her finances anymore.
- My loved one has water or fire damage in his or her home from forgetting to turn off water or burners.
- My loved one doesn’t keep the house clean or care for pets or plants anymore.
- I am struggling to physically help my loved one into and out of the chair or bed.
- My loved one is falling more frequently and I have a hard time helping them back up.
- My loved one thinks he or she can leave on their own, but doesn’t always know the way back.
- I am caring for my loved one, and it’s leaving me exhausted and not getting enough sleep.
- My doctor has told me it is time.
If three or more of these statements are true for you and your loved one, it may be time to consider placing him or her in a ComfortCare Home. Download our Brochure to facilitate this discussion.
Consider the effect on you – is caring for your loved one yourself realistic?
People with memory impairment require specialized care, and their needs can change and evolve over time. Whether it’s your parent, spouse, or other family member, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a full-time job, and it can lead to stress and exhaustion. Caregiver burnout is common, because of the constant worrying about a loved one’s whereabouts and safety, the physical demands of caring for someone else’s personal hygiene and mobility needs, and the emotional impact of dealing with a loved one’s changing moods and volatile behaviors. A caregiver who is burned out and exhausted simply won’t be able to provide effective care for a person with memory impairment. And, consider what would happen if you become sick yourself – who would care for your loved one then?
If it’s time to seek long-term memory care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s or stroke, ComfortCare Homes® in Newton is a dignified, caring alternative to institutional memory care facilities. Contact us today at 316-804-7220 to schedule a tour.