Caring for a loved one with a chronic or progressive condition affecting their cognitive function can be challenging. Family members who take on the roles of caregivers can suffer from psychological and emotional impacts if they are ill-prepared for committing themselves to provide long-term care for their loved ones. Here are five signs that your loved one should move to memory care in Englewood, FL before the caretaking duties become too heavy to handle by yourself.
You Are Starting to Feel Overwhelmed
Caregiving is a demanding occupation. When it gets too stressful, it is common for caregivers to experience symptoms of burnout that are detrimental to both you and the loved one who you are caring for. You may find yourself becoming more easily frustrated with your loved one when they are unable to perform tasks they used to be able to do, such as cleaning and dressing themselves. You may experience persistent anxiety when thinking about the future and what to do when your loved one requires more assistance than you can handle. In such a situation, it may be for the best to consider memory care for your loved one. Full-time, professional caregivers can take over your role and give you the time and energy you need for yourself and other family members.
Your Loved One is Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are progressive diseases that will worsen as time goes on. In the early stages, your loved one may wish to remain at home and receive care from family members only. However, this is the time for you to start exploring memory care options in your area. It is important to give your loved one time to consent to moving to respite care and get used to their new surroundings, caregivers and other residents before their dementia progresses. Memory care will be able to give your loved one the care they need as well as a safe and conducive environment for them to recuperate in.
You Feel That They Lack Social Interaction
A lack of social interaction can exacerbate Alzheimer’s and accelerate its progression. In memory care communities, residents are exposed to a variety of activities meant to provide them with the social, physiological and emotional stimulation they need to maintain their quality of life and slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s.
You Feel That Their Health is Declining
Memory loss can cause your loved one to forget their medications and meals and lose track of time, leading to insomnia. Signs of a decline in physical health include:
- Neglected hygiene
- Rapid weight loss
- Symptoms of under or overdosing of medication
If you notice your loved one experiencing these symptoms, it may be time to move them to memory care. Memory care communities will be able to ensure that your loved one is given the care they needed to maintain their physical and mental health.
Nationally Certified Memory Care Community
Our SHINE Memory Care program for residents with dementia is certified by the Alzheimer’s Association, ranking us among one of the nation’s best providers of memory care. Our team of dedicated and experienced staff is ready to provide residents with the quality care they need to stay independent, confident and healthy.