There comes a time when many caregivers must consider whether or not their loved one or parent needs to move into a memory care community.
While there is no definitive answer, there are a handful of signs that could indicate a need to consider professional assistance.
- Your loved one is becoming unsafe in their current environment – Oftentimes, a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia has the tendency to wander, which could lead to confusion, agitation or even physical harm such as falling. This increased risk for injury could have grave effects on your loved one’s health.
- Your loved one needs a level of care that is beyond your abilities – As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, your loved one may become increasingly dependent on you. Many find themselves unable to dedicate enough time to assisting with medication, dressing, eating and more – which can often feel like 24/7 care.
- You are neglecting other responsibilities including your job and other family members – Because caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can quickly turn into a full-time job, many caregivers’ responsibilities – and even commitments with other family members – may fall to the wayside.
- You are too stressed, irritable and impatient to provide quality care – Many caregivers can attest that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is often tiring. While it is both mentally and physically exhausting, it can also lead to caregiver burnout – compromising the caregiver’s own health.
Are you considering whether or not it is the right time for Memory Care? Our Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia can help answer any questions you have – or, give us a call at 513-823-3029 to schedule a visit.