Assisted Living Memory Care is Beneficial For Seniors With Dementia

Assisted Living Satsuma AL

Assisted Living Satsuma AL

There are many benefits to memory care assisted living for somebody who is dealing with dementia. There are many different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. When somebody has been diagnosed, they may only exhibit minimal symptoms (at first), such as limited memory related challenges that might interfere with a few activities of their daily lives.

In time, though, things are going to get tougher. The symptoms will build. The memory loss will increase. Often, family rallies around this individual who looks after them. They take it upon themselves to be primary caregivers, even if they have no prior experience doing this.

Eventually, the stress and strain of taking care of somebody with dementia can feel overwhelming. It can reach a point when you wonder how much more you can take. You may also come to realize there were many missed opportunities along the way they could have benefited you or that aging senior with dementia. That’s why it’s important to look into memory care at a quality assisted living community before making the decision to take this role on yourself. 

Memory Care Can Act as a Go-Between

In other words, if you are looking to take after your aging mother or father who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you may feel like you have everything in control, especially in the beginning. Eventually, though, the stress is going to build. Your aging loved one is going to push back when you tell him or her what they shouldn’t do or can’t do. Given enough time, you will discover that either you or they or someone else in the family becomes resentful, all for the effort you’re putting in just to help.

Instead of putting yourself or anyone in the family in that situation, turn to a memory care assisted living community and they can act as a go-between, helping you focus on your relationship rather than trying to parent an aging parent, for example.

Relieves the Pressure of Family Caregiving

When you are the primary caregiver, when you’re the one taking charge and making decisions, that will put a lot of pressure on you and your relationships. Not just the relationship you have with that aging senior, but siblings, another parent, your spouse, your own children, and even your friends.

It is a tremendous responsibility to be a primary caregiver, and when you have memory challenges that continue to mount, it’s only going to get tougher.

A Quality Community Offers Plenty of Activities

Often, when somebody is dealing with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and is at home, they don’t do very much. At a quality community, they may be able to participate in a variety of activities, entertainment, gardening, and much more.

That can be tremendous benefit for those of advancing years who are also dealing with some form of dementia. Memory care can make a world of difference for those diagnosed with some type of dementia.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to Assisted Living in Satsuma, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017.

About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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