Dealing with a dementia diagnosis can be challenging. A diagnosis of the condition requires a lot of choices all through the journey of the disease with one of the biggest decisions being deciding when it’s time to place a loved one in a memory care community. Choosing a new place to live can be a complex decision at any stage of our lives, it becomes even more challenging when we are making the decision with or for a loved one with memory loss, who’ll need round-the-clock assistance and support on a long-term basis. Life takes on a rather drastic turn indeed when it’s time to plan for memory care. But it is important to remember that while this move may feel like a sacrifice of freedom and “life as you know it,” but choosing the right memory care community means getting back all of those things in a slightly different way.
Another challenge is facing with the task of finding the right memory care facility. Each senior living community is different and their philosophies of care vary. Memory care facilities tend to offer a wide range of services, some which may be of great importance for your loved one and some that may not be necessary at all. So, it is important that you sit down with your loved one and other decision makers of your family and find out what your loved one needs, and then begin your search. When selecting a memory care facility, schedule a tour of the facilities that interest you, and inquire about the following to ensure the community is the right fit for your senior loved one.
The right time to consider a memory care facility– When deciding if it’s time to seek memory care for your senior loved one, look out for signs like unpaid bills, spoiled or uneaten food in the fridge, wandering outside in the wrong clothes for the weather, difficulty managing medication, and missed doctors’ appointments. Take a decision if you notice these signs before these occurrences escalate or there is a major accident, such as a fall, hospitalization, or an incident of wandering far away from the house.
Inquire about the kind of care and supervision that is offered at the community– From comfortable amenities to recreation activities, every memory care facility is different, as are their philosophies of care. When making your decision, take note of the level of care that your senior loved one can expect to receive. Senior Sanctuary of Anthem is an award-winning North Phoenix assisted living facility that provides a special level of care to older adults with memory loss. Round-the-clock care is offered, with reminders for medications and prompting for daily tasks tailored to each resident’s needs. We encourage residents to remain as independent and self-reliant as possible.
Activities offered– At Senior Sanctuary of Anthem, we have a full activity calendar with activities ranging from exercise, book club, to crafts and day trips, and a dedicated Life Enrichment staff member who engages residents, keeps them involved, and helps them socialize with each other. All these have shown to boost the cognitive functions of seniors.
Check reviews– Find out what the community residents and their family members think about the experience after you’ve zeroed in on a facility for your senior loved one, whether the facility has the best interest of residents in mind.
Are you looking forward to seeing all that a senior living in Anthem facility with memory support has to offer? Schedule a tour of Senior Sanctuary of Anthem that will help you arrive at a decision easily.