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Top 7 Signs It’s Time to Consider Memory Care for Your Loved One

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When a family member is in the advanced stages of conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, you may not have the resources to care for them. So talking about moving to a community before your loved one’s symptoms worsen is important. Here are the top 7 signs you and your family need to discuss moving your loved one into a memory care community.

1. Unpleasant changes in personality: The most important indicator is a behavior change. When a person suffers from memory loss, they may become anxious or irritable. They may also forget to perform daily tasks or maintain their hygiene. In some cases, people with memory problems also become withdrawn and antisocial. A medical professional with experience has the training needed to handle these changes.

2. Feeling disoriented and confused: Disorientation and confusion are common symptoms of dementia. Mentally fragile people are more likely to be involved in accidents and other dangerous situations. A memory care community may be the best option for your loved one if they are continually putting their safety at risk. It is also common for people with memory loss to forget important tasks. Some examples are forgetting to turn off the stove, not knowing how to drive, or changing clothes. If you notice these things happening more frequently, do not ignore them.

3. Living in an unhealthy environment: Keep an eye on your loved one if he or she starts abandoning housework. Spoiled food in the fridge or lots of trash piled up indicate they have neglected regular home maintenance. Another clue is if they stop remembering to pay the bills. Individuals may need memory care when they can no longer maintain their living space.

4. Neglecting personal hygiene: When your loved one neglects their hygiene, it is a sign that they can no longer care for themselves. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the inability to brush teeth, bathe, and wear fresh clothes. It may eventually reach the point where an individual cannot bathe or use the toilet alone. When you can’t supervise your loved one and ensure they’re properly caring for their hygiene, it may be time to seek help.

5. Wandering and falling: Keeping your loved one safe at home can be challenging if they wander—the risk of falling, injuries, and getting lost increases when wandering unsupervised. Memory care may be needed when wandering behavior becomes harder to control or may help prevent it.

The National Council on Aging describes a memory care community as: “A secure setting, which keeps residents safe and provides peace of mind for caregivers.” In updated memory care communities like Grand Brook Memory Care, safety features built into rooms and common areas may help prevent your loved one from slipping and falling.

6. Refusing your care: Dementia can lead to a loved one forgetting who you are. Moreover, they may exhibit paranoia that further hinders your care activities. It can be increasingly difficult if your loved one refuses your assistance. A person-centered care approach commonly used by dementia care staff may be the best option for dealing with your loved one’s memory loss.

7. Social isolation and depression: It is common for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients to become socially isolated. This may be due to embarrassment and difficulties associated with the disease. Conversations can become difficult to follow, which can be embarrassing when talking to others. Depression can also be characterized by social isolation, a loss of interest in hobbies, a sudden change in weight, and increased fatigue. It’s important to take action if your loved one is experiencing depression.

At Grand Brook Memory Care, we’ve been supporting families on their memory care journey for over two decades. If you’d like to speak with one of our compassionate team members or learn more about our specially designed memory care communities in North Texas, Indiana, Michigan, or Arkansas, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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