There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and right now, more than six million Americans are living with the Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 72% are 75 years old or older and 80% are cared for at home by loved ones.
The CDC states that around 16 million Americans are taking care of a loved one at home. If you are one of the 16 million that are taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it is critical to make sure you are caring for yourself as well. Addressing your mental, physical and emotional health needs will help you avoid caregiver fatigue and better care for your loved one.
Read our guide to caring for elderly and aging parents
It’s also possible that you would like to return to the parent-child dynamic you once had with your loved one. Assisted living and memory care may be the next step to consider for your loved one’s care and progression through life. Professionals in assisted living or memory care are trained specifically in how to care and manage someone with dementia.
So how do you know where to place mom or dad? How do you find a place that creates a balance of maintaining health, encouraging realistic independence and promoting a feeling of belonging while keeping loved ones as safe as possible? What do you look for in an assisted living or memory care?
Due to the nature of dementia and the toll it takes on that individual, you only want to make this decision once so it needs to be the right place.
Additional questions to consider about a community include:
When an individual moves into a community, whether it’s assisted living or memory care, that community should have a purpose to connect with your loved one with respect and dignity. Your loved one should maintain individuality and have individual needs nurtured. This step in someone’s life can seem overwhelming, but by doing research and finding a community that fits your needs, you can have the confidence that your loved one is receiving the best possible care.