If you have a spouse or family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia you are probably wondering how long they will be able to live at home and how much help they will need.
Alzheimer’s disease can progress slowly and during the early to mid-stages of the disease living at home with help is possible. Even so, many caregivers find it necessary to enlist family members, nurses or home health-care aids to help. Not only so their loved one can remain at home longer but also give the caregiver routine breaks to rest, exercise or catch up with friends.
As Alzheimer’s continues to progressive it impacts more than just memory. It affects brain functions including sense of perception and balance, behavior, bodily functions and other systems. Eventually the person will no longer be able to live without around the clock care. They may no longer be able to dress themselves, feed themselves or even use the restroom without help or supervision.
At this stage even with hired part-time help, living at home becomes less of an option. It and can even become a safety concern and care in a residential facility becomes necessary.
Even though most caregivers find it a hard subject to discuss, it is important to research residential care options early, even if you think you won’t need them. Waiting to research options until there is a crisis, such as a fall, can leave you scrambling to find quality care quickly.
Most residential facilities have a waiting list so it is a good idea to find one that best suits your needs and get on the waiting list early. In most cases if a room becomes available and you aren’t ready to move in, you can remain on the waiting list and have the community contact you when the next room becomes available.
About The Memory Centers
The Memory Center communities in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Johns Creek provide exceptional care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Founded as the first assisted living facilities devoted specifically to memory care, our program is designed to meet the challenging conditions of an aging brain with a caring, interactive community.
Our custom programs and activities are designed to inspire purpose, validate actions and invigorate while providing the highest quality of life for residents. Functional and fun are key components of our activities – and we encourage family members and spouses to take an active role in their loved one’s care or join us for daily activities.
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