So your aging loved one was recently diagnosed with dementia. If you’re like most people, you probably think of Alzheimer’s disease when you first hear the word “dementia.”
However, dementia is an umbrella term for the disease through which cognitive function and the ability to perform everyday activities undergo a deterioration. Indeed, Alzheimer’s disease falls underneath that umbrella, as do vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
That’s why it is important to educate yourself about the disease.
Dementia is a progressive disease, which means it will get worse over time. For some people, dementia progresses rapidly. For others, it takes years to reach an advanced stage. In the mild stages, your loved one may be able to perform their daily routines without difficulty. By the moderate stages, they might start to have trouble doing routine tasks that they always did. In the severe stages, however, they’ll need to have help with day-to-day activities.
Because people with dementia progress through these stages at different speeds and with differing symptoms, it is helpful to focus on helping your loved one live well with dementia and meeting their needs at that time.
Memory care communities do just that. A memory care community is a specialized program, usually housed within an assisted living community, that is structured, licensed, and staffed to handle the increased demands of caring for patients with dementia.
So how do you know when it is the right time to consider moving your loved one to a specialized memory care community? The answer is not going to be the same for everybody, but there are signs you can watch for.
In this guide, you’ll learn about: