Making the decision to put a loved one in memory care can be difficult. It’s hard to know what the future holds and how their life will be affected by Alzheimer’s disease. In this article, we will provide you with general information about Alzheimer’s disease, as well as tips on how to make the transition to assisted living easier for both you and your loved one. We hope that this information will help ease your mind and make the process a little bit easier.
Memory care is a type of long-term care specifically designed to meet the needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Memory care facilities provide a safe and secure environment for residents, and they offer a variety of activities and programs that are designed to keep residents engaged and active.
At Avalon Care Center, our focus is ensuring our residents are provided the care and attention each requires. We focus on their abilities and value their individuality allowing them to still feel independent. A support structure is in place to help our patients keep a sense of value, purpose, and dignity. Our staff is specially trained to work with individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s. We value communication with families and strive to exceed your expectations.
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
There are many different types of memory care facilities, but at Avalon Care Center, we provide a full range of services for our residents, including:
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Medication management
- Nutritional counseling
- Social and recreational activities
- Spiritual care
Making the Transition to Memory Care
Moving a loved one into memory care can be a difficult decision, but it is often the best option for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Here are a few tips to make the transition easier:
- Be honest with your loved one about their diagnosis and why memory care is the best option for them.
- Visit the memory care facility together and take a tour. This will help your loved one feel more comfortable with the idea of moving.
- Ask the staff at the memory care facility about their policies and procedures. This will give you a better understanding of how they will be caring for your loved one.
- Make sure to pack familiar items from home, such as photos and favorite clothes, to help your loved one feel more at ease in their new surroundings.
Avalon Care Center’s Spring Cottage Memory Care Environment provides a home-like environment that is self-contained and provides security for our patients.
Can Patients Recover from Alzheimer’s Disease?
There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, however, there are treatments that can help slow the progression of the disease and improve quality of life. Although patients may not recover from Alzheimer’s disease, memory care can help them maintain their independence and quality of life for as long as possible.
What You Can Do Right Now
If your loved one is experiencing dementia or has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, here are some things you can do to help them:
- Encourage them to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise. This will help improve their overall health and may help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Make sure they are taking their medications as prescribed by their doctor. There are many different medications available that can help manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Create a routine for them and help them stick to it as much as possible. Having a set schedule can help ease anxiety and confusion.
- Help them stay socially active by arranging regular visits with friends and family or joining a social club or activity group.
Contact us at Avalon Care Center to further discuss the options and services we have available.