Your loved one with dementia can not always communicate with you the way she once did. While you made the best decision possible for her, moving her into a memory care community, it may still feel like a challenge to stay updated on her progress and health from miles away. Thankfully, the dementia care plan is a way for you to stay in the loop about what your loved one needs and prefers as she ages in her supportive environment.
A care plan is an interdisciplinary approach to the care of your loved one. However, the care plan isn’t just for the community’s clinicians or staff members. Here are a few things that your loved one wishes that you knew about her care plan.
If you find yourself trying to navigate the waters of what life looks like with a loved one who is living with dementia, you can start to feel like you are drowning. Between terms like “plaques and tangles” and medications that promise to decrease anxious behaviors or slow down the disease process, it can get easy to forget all about the person who is at the center of this progressive disease.
Because dementia - whether Alzheimer’s or otherwise - is progressive, including a safe environment to live in is important to add to your short or long term care plan. However, if you are just starting the learning process with a loved one who is still in the early stages of the disease, it can be easy to wonder if you really do need to consider a memory care community for her living situation. After all, she may function well enough right now to remain in her home or in a care community that only offers minimal assistance.
Like most adult children, you probably want your parents to live their later years at home – that option might come off the table, however, if your Mom or Dad struggles with dementia.
Thankfully, there’s a great alternative for seniors who can no longer cope on their own because of cognitive impairment. Assisted Living Memory Care communities can actually improve the quality of life for people with dementia, helping them to function at the highest possible level for the longest possible time. Here’s a brief rundown on this senior living option.