Alzheimer’s and Dementia Assisted Living Resources

dementia assisted livingCommon Alzheimer’s symptoms and other resources for family members.

When a loved one starts losing his memory, acting out or losing motor control, the whole family feels it. Over time, the husband, father, friend and grandfather with hobbies, interests and cherished personal qualities starts to slip away, and in his place sits a confused, often irrational person who needs constant supervision and care. The effect on his closest friends and relatives is immeasurable. You may want to look into dementia assisted living for his own safety, but you want him to know he’s loved, and you want to make sure he keeps as much contact with family as possible.

If you are up against this difficult decision, it will help to get information about what to expect from Alzheimer’s disease, including Alzheimer’s symptoms and common signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Become familiar with the facts about dementia, and empower yourself to make a positive decision for dementia assisted living that benefits your loved one and the entire family.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Assisted Living and You

When Alzheimer’s disease sets in, an adult child often becomes the unwitting caregiver. If this is you, you may find yourself taking on more and more responsibilities for your loved one over time. Once reminder notes and phone calls “just to check in" are no longer enough, you may find yourself hiring in-home care, moving in with your loved one, or asking her to move in with you.

As her Alzheimer’s symptoms progress and she starts to require more concentrated medical attention, or her mood swings become unbearable, you may find yourself dreaming about memory care facilities that can provide her with the care and attention she needs. Don’t feel bad for feeling this way. Alzheimer’s is a serious, terminal disease that affects over 5 million Americans. In-home caregiving for Alzheimer’s patients is one of the most trying caregiving tasks out there. Getting help when the signs of Alzheimer’s become evident may be one of the best decisions you can make, both for yourself and your loved one. Find help today by filling out the search form above.

Common Alzheimer’s Symptoms

To help you determine when memory care facilities may offer your loved one the most appropriate level of care, we’ve put together a list of some common signs of Alzheimer’s disease to look for that show he might be ready for a dementia assisted living situation.

People who have dementia often forget things in recent history—and don’t remember them again. If you have to repeatedly answer the same question during a conversation (such as, “would you like something to drink?"), your loved one may be experiencing an early Alzheimer’s symptoms.

Language Problems
At first slower speech, and then later the mixing up of more common words are signs that your loved one’s brain is mixing up his ability to speak. This inhibits communication and makes caring for him more difficult. Dementia assisted living facilities have trained staff that can communicate with your loved one.

Both disorientation in time (losing track of time or confusing night and day) and disorientation in space (getting lost or not recognizing familiar surroundings) are common signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s patients typically experience heightening disorientation as the disease progresses.

Mood Swings
Quickly changing moods and even changes in personality can signal that your loved one’s Alzheimer’s symptoms are progressing. Abnormal irritability, suspicion and fear are signs that it may be time to seek professional guidance through memory care facilities.

Loss of Ambition
When a usually career- or grandchild-focused senior stops pursuing interests, cuts herself off from relationships or stops performing important daily tasks like cooking and cleaning, she has lost ambition. Instead of wishing these symptoms away, find her dementia assisted living care.

Difficulty with Common Tasks
Leaving regular tasks incomplete (like making tea and forgetting to drink it) or forgetting the purpose behind regular activities (like getting confused by a regular utility bill) are signs of Alzheimer’s that indicate a senior care situation could help meet her needs.

Find Memory Care Facilities Today

Memory care facilities provide your loved one with the support, care and attention he needs when you are unable to do so. Dementia assisted living facilities offer a level of safety, care and oversight that it is often impossible to offer your loved one at home. We know it is hard to watch the person you love so much regress. It can be even harder to watch it daily, while trying to make ends meet and provide quality care at the same time.

If the idea of finding a dementia assisted living facility for your loved one lifts a weight off your shoulders, let us help you look into senior care options near you. Just call the toll-free number at the top of the page and an unbiased counselor will be there to help, free of charge.