Assisted Living Offers Memory Care For Seniors with Dementia

Memory Care: Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL

Memory Care: Assisted Living Spanish Fort AL

Being diagnosed with Dementia, no matter what age you are, is going to be difficult. It can upend your entire world. It can change the way you think and view things all around you. A person who has been diagnosed with dementia — like Alzheimer’s — might feel as though their life is already over. They have experienced the memory loss quite intimately at this stage in the game, which makes assisted living a great option for those who need memory care.

Yes, there are numerous elder care options available for those dealing with Alzheimer’s, but a memory care assisted living facility is one of the best. That’s because a quality memory care assisted living community is going to provide numerous benefits for those struggling with memory loss. Let’s look at a few key benefits that this elder care choice can offer.

Experienced Staff

Keep in mind that not all assisted living communities are the same. You need to do your research and focus specifically on memory care. What’s the difference? Well, a memory care assisted living facility will have staff who have been trained supporting residents who are dealing with a wide range of memory related challenges. With the right experienced staff, a resident who is dealing with dementia will be supported around-the-clock.

Another example is if a senior is confused about where they are, gets frustrated, and begins lashing out — which are all symptoms of Sundowner’s syndrome — the staff will often be patient, keep them safe, and keep other residents safe while they gently support the senior through this difficult situation.

Effective Strategies

Not all strategies to help people with Alzheimer’s cope with the daily rigors of life will work for everyone. That’s why having more strategies at your disposal can make a world of difference.

What makes more sense? A person who has never supported somebody with Alzheimer’s trying to help them in the comfort of their home, whether it’s a family member or not, or an experienced staff member at a quality assisted living facility who has supported seniors with a wide range of different forms of dementia for many years? If you choose the latter, you choose right.

Around-the-Clock Care

Many family members become de facto caregivers for their loved ones when they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This is usually an adult child, but it can include a spouse or even a close friend.

Most of these family caregivers have no prior experience and are not available 24 hours a day.

Emotional Separation

What does this mean? It means that when family members are trying to support somebody with Alzheimer’s, they will often be on the receiving end of verbal or physical aggression. The senior might say horrible things or make accusations.

That can sting. That can cause friction in the relationship. That can stay with a person for many, many years. With assisted living, though, family can focus on the relationship and spend quality time when they visit rather than trying to figure out the best ways to support this aging loved one.

Never underestimate the benefits that a memory care assisted living community can offer somebody with dementia. The benefits are often felt immediately and can reverberate for years after that memory care facility is no longer needed.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to Assisted Living in Spanish Fort, 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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