When an elderly person has been diagnosed with dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s, they will be facing memory related challenges. In most cases aging seniors and their immediate family and friends will likely notice memory related problems developing for a year or more before they visit their doctor for formal diagnosis.
Once that individual has been diagnosed, though, the entire family will likely sit down and discuss what should happen in the years ahead. They’ll try to figure out the right course of action to take, and that elderly man or woman should have a say in what takes place.
Living circumstances will likely be discussed.
Questions like, “Will she be able to remain at home?” and, “What happens if…” will likely come up. One topic that’s often discussed revolves around memory care assisted living.
Some seniors may be opposed to the idea of assisted living, mostly because they don’t fully understand it. There are many who confuse assisted living with other types of facility care. They may associate it with a direct medical facility that is neither comfortable nor appealing.
What they don’t fully understand or appreciate in many situations is the value of assisted living, especially a quality memory care assisted living facility.
How can a memory care assisted living facility improve quality of life?
When a person is dealing with dementia, they’ll struggle with day-to-day activities. They may not be struggling shortly after diagnosis or those struggles may be tempered and limited, but the memory loss will expand and there will come a time when they struggle with their physical capabilities.
Family -such as a spouse or adult child- may be more than willing to help, but without prior experience they can easily become overwhelmed. Also, family may inadvertently discourage aging seniors from various activities because of safety concerns.
At a quality assisted living community, men and women diagnosed with any form of dementia will have staff experienced in dealing with these circumstances who will be able to encourage and motivate even the most stubborn and obstinate seniors to stay active.
Seniors can also be safer at one of these communities, be able to call on help if and when required, and get connected with peers, some of whom may be dealing with the same struggles and challenges.
Quality of life is still important, even for somebody who is facing a terminal illness for which there is no cure yet, including Alzheimer’s.
For more information about senior housing in Alamo Heights, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.