If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you know how difficult it can be to care for them. Whether they are in the earlier stages or it is much later, finding the right help can make a huge difference in the quality of life for both you and your loved one. If you’re considering moving your loved one into an elderly care facility, you want to make sure that they are very experienced with helping those with cognitive conditions like this.
We work with a network of assisted living communities and are happy to help you find the right community. We are constantly evaluating the communities we work with to ensure they provide the best level of care in the area. This is especially true when looking at the facilities that provide special care to those with Alzheimer’s. The following are some key items that we look at before recommending a facility for anyone with Alzheimer’s.
Nurses who are not only knowledgeable but also care deeply for those in their care are absolutely essential. Alzheimer’s patients often require a lot of services including dressing, grooming, feeding, bathing and much more. The right team of nurses can help make the life of those with Alzheimer’s much more pleasant, which is extremely important.
Those who suffer with Alzheimer’s or other mental issues need to be kept active just like everyone else. There are many specialized activities that have shown to help people with these conditions in a variety of ways. For example, having therapeutic music playing for them either through a radio or even live can be very helpful. There are many types of therapy animals that have been shown to help calm those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Facilities that offer these types of programs are truly a blessing to both the patient and their family.
Security & Monitoring
If you’ve cared for someone with Alzheimer’s for any length of time you know that it is absolutely essential to have high quality security and observation in place. A good assisted living home will have security in place to ensure that none of their patients wander away from the facility or even get into an area where they could be injured. Allowing the freedom to move through the facility while still keeping them safe is an important balance to maintain at all times.
Most people who have Alzheimer’s will be required to take several medications per day. Unfortunately, those with this condition will commonly attempt to resist taking the medicines that they need. A facility that knows how to help these patients will be able to ensure your loved one gets the medication they need with as little stress or anxiety as possible.
No matter how far along the Alzheimer’s is with your loved one, let us help you find them the care that they need. We have a proven track record of helping place patients into the assisted living homes that will meet their needs and we would love the opportunity to help you as well.