The search for dementia care in Burlington County, New Jersey, can be difficult. Most people hope never to have to seek dementia care. Admitting that your loved one needs more care than you can offer can be immensely painful. Yet the right dementia care community can be a revelation. It alleviates the stress and guilt that often comes with caregiving, keeps your loved one safe, and ensures your loved one remains as social and engaged as possible.
Here’s what to look for as you begin your search.
Levels of Care
Dementia is an unpredictable illness that comes in many forms. Some dementias primarily affect behavior. Others attack speech. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, decimates memory. Over time, as symptoms progress, your loved one’s needs shift. So it’s important to choose a community that offers personalized care, not a one-size-fits-all approach. Some questions to ask include:
Can my loved one remain in this community as their needs change?
Do you offer care tailored to specific dementias?
How does care change as the disease progresses?
Do you have specific programs or activities designed for people with mild, moderate, and advanced dementia?
Arbor offers a special program, Bridges, for people with moderate dementia who need more support but who are not yet ready for memory care. We’ve found that seniors with dementia need the right balance of independence and support. Bridges allows us to offer precisely that.
Cost and Value
There’s no getting around it: memory care can be expensive. That’s because memory care offers intensive daily care, as well as activities and programs that can help your loved one remain more social and independent.
So rather than looking solely at cost, look at value. What does the community offer that others don’t? How does the community support your loved one and your family? You should get significant value for your hard-earned money, so ensure you have a clear understanding of what you’re getting. Some other cost-related issues to weigh include:
Does your long-term care insurance cover this program?
Does the program accept any benefits program for which your loved one is eligible, such as Medicaid or veterans benefits?
Is pricing transparent and clear? Is everything included in a single price tag?
Activities and Programs
Dementia affects cognition and may change the way your loved one behaves. But they’re still in there. People with dementia crave socialization, fun, and new things to do, just like the rest of us.
Keeping your loved one active can help them lead a longer, happier life. It can also alleviate much of the guilt associated with being a caregiver. So ask about specific programs. How does the community keep your loved one engaged, especially as their disease progresses? How do they deal with issues such as apathy and withdrawal?
In senior living, as in real estate, location is everything. Consider whether the senior living community you’re considering is convenient to your home or work, allowing you to easily visit your loved one. The best communities encourage their residents and staff members to be active members of their local community, and may take seniors on fun outings. It’s also important to ensure that there’s plenty for you to do with the senior in your life.
Burlington is a great location to retire. Its historic square is 327 years old, steeped in history, and a bustling center of activity. Spend the day browsing shops in the square, or stop in and experience one of Burlington county’s best restaurants.
Some other excellent ways to stay busy include:
The Air Victory Museum, which features 24,000 square feet of original and replica aircraft.
Historic Smithville Mansion, which is part museum and part tour through the lifestyles of the rich of a bygone era.
New Jersey State Aquarium, which is sure to delight aquatic animal lovers of all ages.
The Camden Children’s Garden, the perfect place to teach the grandkids about nature and horticulture.
The Delaware River Heritage Trail, which features an exceptional bicycle path.
Arbor Terrace Mount Laurel is a senior living community that caters to seniors with all stages of dementia, in addition to assisted living. We know how important it is to keep seniors safe and happy, so we work with caregivers and other family members to give their loved ones a safe and joyous place to call home. To learn more, give us a call at 856-367-3006.