If you are caring for a loved one with memory loss, you know how frustrating and dangerous it can be. Memory loss can be caused by a variety of things – Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of dementia, stroke, head injury or alcohol/drug abuse. Whatever the cause, there are special concerns about an individual with memory loss living at home.
- Do they remember to shut the stove off after they are finished using it? Do they shut it off correctly?
- Do they leave water running and exit a room, forgetting about it?
- If there was a fire, weather emergency or medical emergency, would they know what to do?
- Are they becoming progressively dependent on needing help with dressing, eating or bathing?
- Are they becoming paranoid or suspicious?
- Are they taking their medications on time and in the correct dosage?
- Have they gotten lost while on a walk or running errands?
- Do they become unfamiliar in their surroundings, unable to recall where they are or why they are there?
If you are concerned about the answers to any of these questions, you may be in need of specialized memory support care for your loved one. Memory support care in a personal care home is for those with mild to moderate memory loss, such as in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It is usually provided in a secure neighborhood with locked or alarmed doors to prevent wandering/exiting and includes therapeutic recreation specifically for individuals with memory loss. Memory support care also involves identifying and alleviating the behavioral issues associated with memory loss, such as depression, agitation, anxiety, yelling or hitting.
Memory support care in a skilled nursing community is typically for individuals in the advanced stages of memory loss, in which their thought and body processes are compromised to the point of needing hands-on, skilled nursing care.
Memory support care is typically paid for out-of-pocket or by long term care insurance.
At WRC Senior Services, memory support care is provided at the personal care level at Laurelbrooke Personal Care and at the skilled nursing level at McKinley Health Center. To find out more about these communities, explore the links on the right, or call 814-849-3615.