Alzheimer's disease affects many people usually after the age of 60. Once this condition strikes, you may notice your loved ones talking about carelessness, diminished intellectual capacities, gentle confusion, emotional episodes and you begin to see personality changes. I noticed this with my mother while talking on the phone and began to keep track of what I was hearing.
Within a year, her condition declined enough that she could no longer function on her own. I lived on the east coast and she was on the west coast. Even though I had home care come in, it had reached the point that I knew it was time to give her the right care so she could be safe and still enjoy life. It was time to confront the challenges head on.
Dealing with a person who is suffering from Alzheimer's can be a tremendous challenge. The personal demands can be difficult to handle, nor to mention the emotional drain. It is made even harder when trying to handle it yourself. I engaged in the community and too many classes to help teach me how to manage the situation but the physical, emotional and psychological stress was too much. It was then that I started looking for places that could help my mom.
It was of the utmost importance that I found someplace which would provide quality and licensed Alzheimers care for my mom. I began by searching for memory care, and quickly discovered that there were many options and facilities available. Most importantly I wanted to find a place that provided medical but humane care by qualified professionals. I wanted her days to be peaceful and full of grace as she dealt the repercussions of this disease.
What I discovered was amazing. There are many people and places that excel in working with memory care patients and at the same time show them the love they deserve. Here are some basic tips that you may discover helpful. Visit http://rowntreegardens.org/ to see an example of a memory care community. The best caregivers are the individuals who are sympathetic, compassionate, tried and true, patient and adaptable. They may not always have all the degrees or the fanciest community room, but they will always put the patients needs first.
Secondly, make sure to ask around for referrals. Look on local referral sites, not just the companys testimonials page. You can also check with a local senior organization or with someone at the senior activity center. While they might not be able to give you a direct referral you would be amazed what you can find out if you list the places you are thinking about by name.
Take the time to visit the facility and meet the potential caregivers. I recommend visiting unannounced the first time and then returning to take the official tour. This will give you a good idea what it is like when you are a visitor as opposed to a potential sale.
Make sure beyond any doubt you thoroughly understand the expenses. There are so many options that it can be tricky to understand the set costs and items that will be charged individually. Dont sign anything until you fully understand what expenses you can expect. Get all of this handled before you move your loved one in.
Looking after someone with Alzheimer's can be impossible on your own. If you take the time to find a community that cares and is dedicated to your loved ones success you will both feel better about the decision. As their needs change, you wont have to worry about their safety or happiness as you will know that youve chosen wisely. Trust me; the peace is worth the effort.
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