Three Reasons Memory Care Is Optimal for Someone with Alzheimer’s

The moment somebody you care about has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a lot of things seem to change. In reality, you probably recognized some issues before. Your mother, spouse, father, grandparent, or somebody else you care about might have been exhibiting memory related challenges for a year or more before they were finally advised strongly enough to see a doctor for formal diagnosis.

Assisted Living: Memory Care in Daphne, AL

Assisted Living: Memory Care in Daphne, AL

Hearing the word ‘Alzheimer’s’ is going to be difficult for anyone, whether it’s the senior now dealing with this disease or their loved ones who have certain expectations and understandings about what will happen in the future.

When somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to talk about various elder care options for their future. A memory care assisted living community is the best for those dealing with this form of dementia. There are plenty of reasons why a memory care assisted living community is optimal for somebody with Alzheimer’s, but we will outline three key ones here.

Reason #1: The experience of the staff members.

You might assume this is your responsibility (to look after them), especially if this is your spouse, but if you have never done this for somebody with Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia, your no idea what you’re getting into. Yes, you can learn a lot online and picking up books and researching and reading, but nothing can prepare you for the actual instances that will arise in time.

Staff members at a quality memory care assisted living facility should be highly trained and experienced. Remember, they will be working with people just like your loved one on a daily basis, often for years and years. You can’t put a price tag on that type of experience.

Reason #2: Consistency of the environment.

Yes, staying at home will offer consistency, too, and eventually the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s will progress to a much more serious nature. They may exhibit frustration, verbal and physical aggression, and may even be tempted to wander out of the house, being completely confused about where they are or what year it is.

When you have a consistent environment early on, it’s going to make a world of difference in those later stages of the disease. Plus, a quality memory care facility, residents will be monitored so wandering off is a much less significant risk factor.

Reason #3: Emotional support for both you and the senior.

It’s not just the aging senior who is dealing with Alzheimer’s who needs mental and emotional support and assistance; it may also be you. If you are the primary caregiver for this loved one as they advanced to the later stages of the disease, it’s going to take a toll on you emotionally, physically, mentally, and maybe even spiritually.

Instead, when you know he or she is in good hands, is looked after, is safe, and is well protected and you can still visit them as often as you wish, that is going to make a world of difference for not just your relationship with them, but your mental frame of mind and relationships with other people who also matter to you.

If you or an aging loved one are considering a move to an Assisted Living Facility near Daphne, 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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