Only a qualified physician can determine whether a person has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. However, knowing the signs of memory loss can help you determine whether your elderly loved one may require full-time dementia care—if not today, then at some point in the future. And this helps you plan ahead.
If you think your loved one might be experiencing memory loss and require dementia care, it’s worth asking yourself a few questions. Does he or she:
– Ask repetitive questions or makes repetitive statements, often within minutes of the first instance?
– Have memory lapses that are getting progressively worse, affecting information that was previously easily recalled?
– Have trouble finding the right words, or trouble following a conversation?
– Become easily disoriented, even in familiar surroundings, or frequently misplaces items?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, it is time to consult a physician to assess the extent of the memory loss and the need for dementia care. Before meeting with the doctor, it is important to understand what dementia care is and how assisted living communities can help your loved one.
Typically, dementia care offers comfortable private or semi-private accommodations, specialized memory loss therapies—often involving arts and music, physical exercise programs, and daily services such as medication management, bathing, housekeeping, and laundry service. Supervised care should be provided on a 24 hour basis by specially-trained dementia care staff. Living areas should be secured to help residents who wander (a symptom of dementia) stay safe.
At Lakeside Park, we believe the best dementia care is designed not only to ensure the safety and security of residents with memory loss, but also help them live a life full of meaning and purpose in a caring environment. That’s why we offer dementia care at several levels, so that your loved one receives the level of care they need while retaining as much independence as possible. Our staff and caregivers are expertly trained and get to know each resident personally, so the level of care fits the individual. We also work closely with family members to determine the best service plans for their loved one.
For more information about Lakeside Park’s dementia care services, please contact us.
About the Author
Cheryl Martin leads the daily operations and program development at Lakeside Park. Cheryl has more than 30 years of experience in health care, senior housing, and memory care. From her early days as a certified nursing assistant, Cheryl has always been drawn to supporting people who cannot always advocate for themselves. She leads with her passion that elders teach us how to be better people, and if we are open, we can learn something new every day. Cheryl’s children have followed in her footsteps and also work in senior housing and assisted living. Lakeside Park has quickly become her extended family, and together they celebrate the joys and work through the challenges.