If you are caring for a loved one with memory loss, you know how frustrating and dangerous it can be. Memory loss can stem from a variety of issues. These include Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of dementia, stroke, head injury, or substance abuse. Whatever the cause, there are special concerns about an individual with memory loss living at home. If you worry about your loved one, it might be time to consider senior memory support services.
Does My Loved One Need Senior Memory Support Services?
Are you unsure if your loved one is beginning to suffer from memory loss? Before you jump to any conclusions, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does your loved one remember to shut the stove off after they finish using it? Is 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?
- Is your loved one becoming paranoid or suspicious?
- Are they taking their medications on time and in the correct dosage?
- While running errands, do they become confused or lost?
- 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 senior memory support services 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. Locked or armed doors provide a secure environment that prevents wandering or exiting. It also 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. These services are typically paid for out-of-pocket or through long-term care insurance.
Support with WRC Senior Services
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, contact WRC Senior Services today at 814-849-1205.