Caring for a loved one with dementia can be overwhelming and tiresome. Most adult parents who are tasked with the care of an elderly parent with dementia also have their own responsibilities to juggle. The possibility of an assisted living facility or a community living situation may be discussed. You have probably weighed the pros and cons of the assisted living facility and wondered how beneficial it would be for you and your aging parent. Assisted living facilities actually provide a lot of benefits to those with dementia and to those who are responsible for caring with a loved one with dementia.
Most patients with dementia are also dealing with other medical conditions. More than three fourths of assisted living residents have has at least 2 of the 10 most common chronic conditions, high blood pressure and Alzheimer?s disease and other dementias were the most prevalent. The mix of many medical conditions can be difficult for one person to handle on their own.
Caring for someone with dementia and a variety of other medical conditions can become overwhelming. Many assisted living facilities provide its residents with on site medical care. They also have emergency services ready in preparation for any medical emergencies. In some cases, an assisted living facility can actually be a safer option when caring for someone with dementia. Full time staff members can provide Alzheimer?s care when you are unable to.
Although Alzheimer?s has no cure, there are suggested methods available for slowing down the progression of the disease. Alzheimer?s memory care is an important part of the treatment of caring for someone with dementia. It is important to provide your loved one with engaging activities that encourage them to use their mind. It is important to encourage them to participate in social and recreational activities. This can be difficult when a senior is secluded to the confinements of their home.
Being around others with similar medical conditions can promote social engagements and activities. According to the 2009 Independent Living Report by the ProMatura Group, LLC, research shows that when you become part of an independent living retirement community, you are more likely to make new friends and try new things, most report a better experience than they expected. Most assisted living facilities, especially Alzheimers care centers, provide many engaging activities for assisted living facilities.
The residents should be provided with a variety of activities, including things like puzzles, games, craft nights, bingo nights, recreational outings and even physical exercise. These types of activities have shown to slow down the symptoms of dementia. Seniors may also find benefit in other aspects of assisted and independent living facilities. In a study, seniors reported their common activities were reading (71%), and persuing religious activities (53%). Other popular activities included bicycling, gardening, talking on the telephone and watching television. Adult children who are tasked with caring for someone with dementia may find it difficult to provide all of these activities to their aging parent.
In addition to the safety, medical care and engaging activities that are offered to seniors in an assisted living setting, residents can also expect assistance with everyday activities. Seniors who require a little extra help will have that help, at all hours of the day. They can also rely on the staff of the assisted living facility to complete many daily tasks including meal preparation, grocery shopping and transportation to daily medical and personal visits. Adult parents will find it easier to care for their aging parent when they are not tasked with all of the daily errands.
Dementia is a difficult disease to care for. Many people who are responsible for caring for a loved one with dementia consider assisted living facilities. Assisted living facilities actually provide many benefits to its residents. Residents can expect around the clock medical care and security, engaging activities and social interactions and assistance with everyday tasks. These are all necessary assistive needs for a senior who is dealing with dementia.