Deciding to take your loved one to an assisted living community can be difficult. However, assisted living care can help with their safety and overall quality of life. This is an incredibly personal choice, so it's vital that you find something that works for you.
Assisted living communities have some brilliant resources for slowing Alzheimer's and managing some of its worst symptoms. Thus, moving a loved one earlier within the progression of Alzheimer’s could significantly benefit them in the long run.
An earlier move can help them to settle into their environment before they reach late-stage dementia. It also reduces the chances of them suffering an injury while living at home.
However, many people want to try and stay at home for as long as possible, especially as they get older. They may also be in denial about some of the needs they will have as their dementia progresses. Because of this, they may be a little resistant to a move.
It is essential that they feel as involved in the discussions as possible. So, if possible, try to look at different assisted living facilities with them.
It can also help to emphasize the aspects of community and fun activities along with the fact that you will be able to visit them regularly. This way, they feel like it is an empowered and supported decision that will improve their quality of life.
Creating Memories with Your Loved One
Around 53 million Americans are working as unpaid caregivers for friends or relatives at the moment, but looking after a loved one with Alzheimer's can be especially tough.
The care that they require is demanding, relentless, and it can be emotionally grueling. You may also feel like it is your responsibility to look after your loved one all on your own.
However, taking on this responsibility can make it challenging to care for them properly. If you feel stressed, worried, or worn out, you won't be delivering the best quality of care. On top of this, you are missing out on valuable quality time and cherished memories with your loved one.
If they are staying in an assisted living facility, this means that you can focus on your role as their partner, child, or friend — instead of as their caregiver. This will benefit both them and you. You can spend your time with them creating cherished memories for years to come!
Assisted living can provide your loved ones with the best possible care and support while still giving them a sense of independence.
For more information on our facilities or deciding when to move a loved one with Alzheimer's to assisted living, get in touch today. We're here to help!