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Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just affect the person who has it. It affects the entire family. We know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed for a loved one with memory loss while trying to maintain balance in life. It’s also hard to know when it’s time for assisted living or where to start. We’re here to help you on this journey.

CountryHouse provides resources to help family members learn more about dementia, better understand the role of a caregiver, and ultimately feel more comfortable with their loved one’s transition into assisted living/memory care. Below is some information to get started.

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How to choose the best memory care assisted living?

Alzheimer’s and dementia are progressive conditions, leading to further and further cognitive decline over time. Though this is a daunting prognosis, it is important to remember that those who struggle with dementia can still enjoy moments of happiness and a sense of belonging. The progression of dementia can even be slowed or stalled, and each day can still be filled with joyful memories and new experiences.

All of this is contingent on providing the right healthcare scenario, which often means assisted living. For those who have dementia or memory loss, it is important to find an assisted living community that specializes in memory care and provides ongoing programming to stimulate mental engagement and promote socializing.

As you seek the best memory care for your loved one, make sure you look for a community that is well equipped to address the unique challenges of memory loss, and that provides stability and enjoyment in equal measure.

What to look for in a memory care community

It is important to understand that not all memory care communities are created equal, and in touring different communities, you should prioritize a few key concepts — among them:

  • Safety and security
  • Access to medical care as needed
  • Generous/comfortable accommodations and amenities
  • Transparent pricing structures
  • Activities to promote interaction and socializing
  • Program design based in memory care concepts
  • Support for family members and caregivers

What may be most important, though, is finding a place where your loved one will actually feel at home — something we take seriously at CountryHouse. We strive to create an environment that speaks to the warm embrace of home.

When should I seek memory care help for my loved one?

It is never easy to watch a loved one struggle with a progressive disease, least of all one that affects the mind such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. When you observe a loved one struggling with basic cognitive abilities, it can be tough to know what to do or how to proceed. Though most forms of dementia cannot be cured, there are treatments that can slow the progression and ways to manage symptoms and behaviors. Early diagnosis enables families to begin intervention and make plans for the future, so it is smart to seek help at the first sign of trouble.

How to know when it’s time to start looking

Unlike other health problems, which can often come on all at once, dementia is a progressive decline; its initial symptoms may be gradual, and there may not be an immediate need to seek memory care. As the decline continues, however, you may come to believe that your loved one needs a stable memory care environment. Here are some of the most common indications that the need for memory care has arrived:

  • You are constantly worried about the safety of your loved one and crave peace of mind.
  • You and your family members are exhausted and burned out from your roles as caregivers.
  • Memory loss has caused your loved one to see a decline in personal hygiene or in attending to other health needs.
  • Your loved one is isolated and in need of socialization.
  • Your loved one is having increased problems handling day-to-day activities, and you can no longer assist in managing those frustrations.

In-home care vs. assisted living

A common question that arises: Is assisted living care really needed, or will in-home care work? There is no easy answer to this question, as it depends on the state of decline as well as the willingness of family members to act as full-time caregivers. In-home care can be a perfectly reasonable solution for some, especially in the early stages of dementia.

In many cases, though, assisted living becomes the better option sooner or later. Professional caregivers can provide the assurance of around-the-clock safety as well as access to medical care. CountryHouse-specific programs, like LifeCycles, can provide a peerless level of engagement for those with dementia, while also giving family members both relief and full peace of mind.

How CountryHouse can help

Supporting caregivers is a primary goal of CountryHouse, and our support meetings and “Coffee Club” conversation groups allow loved ones to remain engaged in the process while also getting their own emotional needs met. CountryHouse provides short-term care for families, who need it, and a virtual dementia tour to aid in the multi-sensory understanding of what dementia is and how it affects the individual.

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