“Making the decision to move your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia to a professional Memory Care community can be quite challenging, even when it is clearly the right thing to do,” says Elaine Austin, Executive Director of Provident Village at Creekside in Smyrna, GA.
“It is often a highly emotional time for families who may be experiencing conflicting emotions such as guilt and the desire to do what’s best for their loved one. This is perfectly normal and something we are very sensitive to at Provident Village at Creekside.
“The reality is that it is not always possible to continue providing the level of memory care required by your loved one in the home environment. It is important to keep this in mind along with the understanding that your loved one’s well-being is what matters most. Doing what is in the best interest of their safety, physical and emotional status, and lifestyle is never the wrong thing to do.”
As Your Loved One’s Care Needs Grow, So Do the Demands on You
The Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association inform us that at some point in time, a loved one with progressive memory loss will need more care than can be provided in the home setting.
During the middle stages of memory loss, it becomes necessary to provide 24-hour supervision to keep the person with dementia safe. As the disease progresses into the late-stages, round-the-clock care requirements become more intensive.
Experts also express concern over the long-term health and wellbeing of primary caregivers. As the demands on their time, energy and emotions continue to increase, they are often at risk of serious physical and emotional conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke and serious depression.
Tips for Recognizing When Residential Memory Care Is Best for Your Loved One
In their website section devoted to “Residential Care,” the Alzheimer’s Association offers helpful guidance to caregivers and their families who are trying to make the correct decision. They provide a detailed list of keyindicatorsthat you can use to decide if your loved one would be best served in a specialized Memory Care community providing 24-hour professional care.
Specifically, they advise that you consider the following key questions:
- Is your loved one with Alzheimer’s becoming unsafe in their current home? Do they have difficulty climbing stairs, toileting and bathing? Are they at risk of falling?
- Is the health of your loved one or your health as a caregiver at risk? Have symptoms of the disease progressed to the point where they are becoming very challenging for you to manage in the home (e.g. incontinence, dehydration, aggression, paranoia and wandering)?
- Are your loved one’s care needs progressing beyond your physical abilities? Is your loved one becoming increasingly dependent on you for help with activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, bathing and toileting?
- Are you becoming a stressed, irritable and impatient caregiver? Are you feeling depressed, hopeless and having trouble sleeping?
- Are you neglecting your work responsibilities, your family and yourself?
- Would the 24-hour professional care, security, support services and social interaction at a residential Memory Care community benefit your loved one with dementia?
By following these useful guidelines, you can make an objective decision about what is best for your loved one – and for you.
Smynings Square Memory Care Neighborhood – Designed for Vibrant, Purposeful Living
If you decide the time is right for 24/7 memory care, you should remember that you are in no way betraying your loved one. Instead, you are assuring that they have the quality of care and social engagement activities they need.
Families typically find that this offers them welcome relief and peace of mind. It also makes visits with their loved one much less stressful and enjoyable.
Residents of our Smynings Square Memory Care Neighborhood enjoy the conveniences available to our Assisted Living residents, in addition to a host of specialized safety attributes. Our community is designed to ensure vibrant living from its very aesthetics to our personalized, respectful care. The Neighborhood’s design promotes autonomy, even as memory loss progresses, with active and stimulating settings and calming and soothing spaces to rest. Residents can stroll freely throughout our secure community, both indoors and out, allowing them to maintain a sense of freedom while we keep them safe.
Adds Elaine, “Provident Village at Creekside is focused entirely on ensuring that our residents live well and enjoy purposeful lives filled with joy, humor and fun. We focus on encouraging and enabling what our residents can still do as opposed to simply managing their limitations.
“In addition to providing peace of mind to the families of loved ones in our care, we provide them with a welcoming place where they can turn for hope, support and comfort. We invite you to review our monthly calendar of events and hope you will join us for our highly informative educational programs and activities.”
Live Vibrantly! at Provident Village at Creekside
At Provident Village at Creekside, we believe vibrant days ensure bright tomorrows, so we’ve created a community where seniors, quite simply, Live Vibrantly! Whether it’s in our Assisted Living Community or Memory Care Neighborhood, each day we celebrate the individuality and strengths of each resident.
At Provident Village, to Live Vibrantly! means that days are filled with joy, vitality, growth and security. It means residents are socially active and personally empowered, with access to the personalized care and support they need to live fully. It means residing in a community where intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical care are seamlessly integrated into everyday life.
Our compassionate Care Partners dedicate each day to enriching the lives of our residents. They customize the level of attention and activities to each resident’s specific needs and abilities. Our living environments are warm and inviting, with comfortable furnishings, beautiful fixtures and natural elements that bring the outdoors inside.