In the United States, about 16 million people have age-associated memory impairment. Countless families include loved ones with memory care complications. More than 6 million Americans in 2021 are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, while approximately 10 million suffer from Dementia. At Village Park Senior Living, we understand how difficult it can be to care for loved ones so we’ve created a guide to navigate caring for those who suffer from memory loss.
Assessing their Needs
It is important to learn everything you can about your loved one’s condition. It is common for those dealing with memory care to experience constantly changing needs, according to the Alzheimer’s association. With both Alzheimer’s and Dementia, the level of care required can range from mild (early stage), moderate (middle-stage), and severe (late-stage). Assisting family members dealing with memory loss is a selfless endeavor that requires compassion, acceptance, and most importantly understanding. Caring for your loved one’s mental and physical needs is equally important. Developing a step-by-step care plan including elements such as movement and exercise, cognitive activities, and personal care is essential when aiding those who suffer from memory loss.
Depending on the level of care required for your loved one, you may require assistance. It is not uncommon for family members to incorporate in-home care assistance to their daily routine. These services can include companionship, housekeeping, grocery shopping, transportation, and many other avenues of support. For memory care seniors who require assistance for more specific tasks a caregiver can ensure your loved one’s well-being. Another way to guarantee overall specialized care is partnering with a senior living community with a memory care center to provide a safe and structured environment.
Remember To take care of yourself
Self-care is paramount when caring for others. You must take care of yourself first to ensure you’re able to take quality care of others. There are several ways to ensure you remain in good health to continue caring for others. These include: Taking regular breaks, getting adequate exercise, and practicing good sleep habits. Being a caregiver can be a 24/7 job. Be sure to take 20-30 minute breaks regularly to give yourself time to recharge. Additionally, regular exercise can be extremely beneficial to your overall health while ensuring that you have the energy and stamina to keep up with the daily tasks that come with caregiving. Good sleeping habits are vital. Adequate rest ensures proper brain function and helps your body recover after a long day’s work.
At Village Park Senior Living, we offer an award-winning memory care center with trained and experienced hands-on staff. Learn more about our state-of-the-art design and programming by giving us a call at (470) 509-4557.