Understanding when a loved one might need additional care may be challenging. Elena Roppel, divisional director of operations, memory care, at Senior Services of America, speaks about better understanding memory care, what it is and how to determine the right time to seek memory care for someone in your life.
What is memory care? A long-term care option for people specifically suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.
What signs might we see to know that it is the right time to look into memory care?
- Safety – Look at the physical environment and the person’s ability to be safe in the bathroom or shower, taking medication safely and the ability to be able to respond safely to events
- Family burnout – It looks like exhaustion. There is failure to provide care because of physical and emotional exhaustion.
Serious memory problems can make it hard to complete daily tasks. You or your loved one may begin to find it hard to drive, shop, or talk with friends and family. Signs of a possible serious memory problem include:
- Not being able to follow directions
- Getting lost in places you know
- Becoming confused about people, place, and time
- Asking the same questions
- Failing to care for yourself
If you or someone you love has these symptoms, contact your doctor to discuss. Once you know the cause of your serious memory issue you can get the right treatment.
Senior Services of America specializes in the management and operation of senior housing communities. We operate Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care Communities offering resident-centered programming, life enrichment, and respite services to accommodate many lifestyles. To find out more about Senior Services of America, visit them on Healthy Living.