Memory Care Assisted Living Would Help a Senior with Dementia

There is no blueprint for dealing with dementia, either for oneself or a family member. It could be a parent, spouse, sibling, or somebody else, but when they are diagnosed with any form of dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s, thinking about long-term care is a vital, especially early on.

Assisted Living in Citronelle AL: Memory Care

Assisted Living in Citronelle AL: Memory Care

There are plenty of options available.

Memory care assisted living is a great option to consider. When somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, memory loss is going to be one of the most significant signs and symptoms of the disease. In the beginning, the senior will likely have experienced memory loss that affected daily life.

They may have forgotten conversations they had with family members or friends. They may have missed an appointment with their doctor because they completely forgot about it, even though it was written down on a calendar. Sometimes an elderly person will use the wrong word in conversation and have no idea they did that.

As the disease progresses, though, things are going to get more challenging.

Dementia is a disease of the brain. When it begins to impact the brain cells, neurotransmitters, and causes more damage, it can affect behavior, stress levels, and much more.

Experienced and well-trained staff members at a memory care assisted living community are ideally situated to deal with these types of situations. They will understand the best methods to employ to not just provide more comfort, but to also help each resident who is dealing with some form of dementia to be comfortable, encouraged, and stay positive.

Consistency and routine are essential.

At a memory care assisted living facility, routine is a vital component. A routine can provide comfort to somebody when they are confused, stressed, and anxious. When a senior dealing with Alzheimer’s, for example, suddenly doesn’t recognize his or her surroundings, redirection is a great strategy and experienced staff members are quite familiar with this. Also, if redirection doesn’t necessarily work, guiding them into a specific routine can be beneficial because it offers a distraction and some comfort.

Think about a habit a person has for many years. It’s hard to break. A routine, when done consistently enough, can become a habit and just being guided into that routine allows the senior to feel comfortable when everything else seems foreign to them.

A wonderful option to consider for senior care when somebody has been diagnosed with any form of dementia is assisted living that is specifically tailored to memory care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Citronelle, 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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