If your loved one is living with cognitive decline, it is easy to feel like you are alone. Caring for someone with any type of dementia, whether from down the street or across the country, can feel very isolating. However, you are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that more than six million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s disease. The World Health Organization tells us that more than 55 million people worldwide live with some type of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
At The Glen, we are fortunate enough to have the chance to work with adults who are living with dementia. Our team is able to pass along information about dementia to the loved ones of those we serve so that they can be empowered and best advocate for the needs of their loved ones.
The more information you have about dementia, the more supported you can be and the less alone you can feel. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions we receive, and their answers.
When is it time for memory care?
A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean immediate memory care placement, but the diagnosis is an excellent time to begin researching options. Thanks to early diagnosis, adults living with dementia can still be actively involved in advocating for their wishes and choosing a memory care community, even if they won’t move in right away.
How can I choose a memory care community?
Memory care communities are not all the same. You should look for a community that offers memory care services in your desired location and within your budget. You should also find a community that focuses on person-centered care. .
Can someone live in assisted living if they have dementia?
A specialized memory care community, like The Cottages at The Glen, is designed to meet the needs of those living with cognitive decline. In assisted living, residents with early-stage dementia can succeed but they will thrive in a community specially designed for their cognitive needs.
What makes a memory care community different from other senior living options?
Memory care communities are unique. These communities are typically smaller than other options and have special safety features built into their design. Team members receive special training all about the dementia disease process as well as intervention strategies like validation techniques. Activities are designed to mimic a typical day and are routine so that residents know what’s coming next.
How can memory care communities keep my loved one safe?
Living at home alone, whether in a single-family home or in a senior living apartment home, can be dangerous for someone living with dementia, especially as the disease progresses. A memory care community can increase safety with 24-hour caregiver oversight and secure entrances.
Are families allowed to visit?
Yes! Family members are an important part of the memory care experience. Family members are welcome to visit and attend meals or events. There are also community support groups specifically for family members.
Contact us at The Cottages for more information about our memory care services.