Senior Care Satsuma AL: Alzheimer’s Care and Preparations

Dementia illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and other forms are a big challenge both for the person diagnosed and also the members of their family.  When you find yourself with a parent who has Alzheimer’s or dementia it can seem like an overwhelming journey.  The more information you have the better, and the more support you have, the easier it will be to navigate this challenging course.Senior Care Satusma AL

Alzheimer’s disease signs and symptoms

  • Significant, sometimes inconsistent memory loss.
  • Mood swings and agitation.  Sometimes accompanied by fear or confusion.
  • Impaired judgment, silly or irresponsible decisions are made.
  • Inability to make safe or rational decisions.
  • Trouble keeping bills paid, budgets balanced, anything related to numbers.
  • Difficulty in the kitchen or with once familiar tasks such as how to boil water, or how to play a favorite game.
  • Misplacing things and them finding them later in outrageous places (for example the car keys in the freezer.)
  • Diminishing skills in language and all forms of communication.  Difficulty with words and remembering the right word for the correct application.
  • Wandering and getting lost.
  • Leaving the house to go to a job that he retired from 20 years ago but he somehow thinks he’s back in that time frame.
  • Repeating an activity that seems purposeless.  For example, opening and closing a desk drawer.
  • Withdrawal.  Alzheimer’s and dementia make a person feel lonely and isolated.  They may also feel embarrassed or even ashamed and therefore avoid social situations.

This list is certainly not meant to be exhaustive; there are many more possible symptoms of dementia-type diseases.

Alzheimer’s preparations

As you are trying to come to terms with the diagnosis of a dementia disease in your loved one, you will probably be experiencing an entire range of emotions and lots of questions and concerns flooding through your mind.  This is normal.  You will be wondering, what’s available for Alzheimer’s home care?  You can’t deal with this alone.  We are right here to assist you, every step of the way.

As the disease progresses, your loved one will need an increasing amount of help and care. A professional caregiver trained in working with people afflicted with Alzheimer’s will be able to: help in managing behaviors, provide activities that stimulate the mind, create opportunities for social interaction, provide and serve nutritious meals on a daily basis, help your loved one to stay safe in their environment.

With dementia diseases such as Alzheimer’s there can be good days and bad days. Assisted Living or home care that specializes in Alzheimer’s could be the answer for your loved to ensure they get the best level of care possible. This will help smooth out the ups and downs of the bumpy road of living with dementia.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living  in Satsuma  AL  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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