Lianas Services – Do you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia and looking for right senior community?
Lianas Services – The heartbreaking effects of Alzheimer’s or dementia can be challenging for both the individual and their respective caregivers. Eventually, families have little choice but to adapt to their loved one’s failing condition and they must try to find the best solutions for them. Lianas Services can help answer questions with heartbreaking effects of Alzheimer’s or dementia and help find the right senior community?
One option is to approach your local CLSC and pursue the route of the public system by placing your loved one into long term care. Although long term care nursing homes in the public system are doing the best they can with limited resources, some families choose to go the private route to avoid long waiting lists; to have the luxury of selecting a senior residence of their choice as opposed to the public selection; and to offer their loved one premium levels of care.
Here are some helpful hints and recommendations to find the ideal private senior community for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Community Specialized for Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Choose a retirement home or senior community that specializes in “memory care”. Memory care goes beyond what is traditionally offered in an autonomous or assisted living setting. Often these communities incorporate design elements that research has shown to lower stress in individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. These elements include increased natural lighting, memory boxes outside the room and a neighbourhood design that allows for safe wandering.
Amenities in a Memory Care Community
The amenities found at a memory care community may not be as glamorous as those found in an independent living or assisted living community. This is done by design rather than oversight. Research has shown that seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia can become easily stressed and disoriented, thereby memory care communities are designed to create a relaxing atmosphere and environment.
Security in Memory Care Communities
Because an estimated six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s will wander, communities are designed to minimize the risk of leaving or elopement, whether employing security alarms on doors or performing more frequent safety checks.
Activities are specially designed around a resident’s past interests so they may reconnect with their memories. Art classes, music and games are usually offered, along with exercise classes. Some communities may also provide escorted outings. At a memory care community, staff typically handle all the responsibilities of life—from housekeeping and laundry to meal preparation and transportation. Assistance with activities of daily living is also a standard service offering.
It is also important to do your homework and to visit the memory care residence to see if it is a good fit for your loved one. Touring at different times of the day is recommended, as this way you can view residents and staff throughout the day, rather than just at lunch or during activities
Once you have selected a community, try to take measures for a smooth transition. One of these steps could be as simple as having your loved one’s room already decorated with items or belongings that are familiar to them. This will also help with the transition and reduce the stress of moving. Feel free to seek out or ask for professional services from advisors specializing in senior care. They can offer added insight and experience during this challenging transition period.
By: Matt DelVecchio – Lianas Services