Memory Care Offers Some of the Best Support for a Senior with Advanced Alzheimer’s

Memory care assisted living is a great option for many seniors from all walks of life. If an aging person is struggling with their memory, cognitive function in any way, assisted living should be something to discuss.

Not all assisted living facilities are capable of handling memory care. It is important for you to understand how to find those that do.

For somebody who has Alzheimer’s, the challenges are going to increase with age. The longer a person has been dealing with Alzheimer’s, the more likely memory loss is beginning to affect every aspect of their daily lives.

This can place tremendous pressure on family to support them.

Assisted Living Citronelle, AL: Memory Care and Seniors

Whether it’s a spouse, adult child, a friend, or someone else who has been looking after this senior with Alzheimer’s, keeping them safe, comfortable, and maintaining as high a quality of life as possible in the house may become more difficult.

As the progression of Alzheimer’s increases, it can also lead to challenges and injuries in the relationship. We’re not talking physical, but emotional harm.

When a senior with Alzheimer’s is confused, frustrated, and even frightened because they don’t recognize their surroundings or the people with them, they can lash out. This can lead to verbal and physical assaults.

Imagine being a spouse or adult child looking after an aging parent who is dealing with Alzheimer’s and being called all sorts of names, objects thrown at you, and maybe even sustaining injuries as a result.

Memory care assisted living can make a significant difference.

What does memory care do differently?

It may not be necessarily different, but it’s not the same. Staff members at assisted living are often highly trained and experienced in supporting those with memory related issues. They understand the potential for verbal and physical abuse.

They also know some great strategies that can help these seniors avoid reaching the point of having outbursts.

Assisted living in a memory care setting can also help protect the relationship of the elderly person with Alzheimer’s and his or her loved ones. By being the buffer, the safeguard against direct assault, whether it is verbal or physical, it can help maintain the integrity of the relationship.

When you don’t have to deal with the hurt, the doubt, or even feeling as though you weren’t doing the best you could possibly do for this senior with Alzheimer’s because they are at a memory care assisted living facility, it is a tremendous relief. Not just for you, but the senior himself or herself.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near 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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