Making a Difficult Decision About Alzheimer’s or Dementia Care
Everyday individuals like you are confronted with the moment when they have to decide on the comfort, safety, dignity, and well-being of an elderly loved one suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. You are not alone; we at Millennium Memory Care can help you make the difficult emotional and financial decisions ahead of you.
Caring for the Caregiver
Most often, inquiries into assisted living homes are the result of a traumatic event that has occurred in a person’s life. The realization that a lifestyle change is needed can be a source of great distress, yet also a welcome relief to an overwhelmed caregiver. As the caregiver is endeavoring to meet the increasing needs of their elderly loved one, a struggle naturally arises between realistic expectations of care and the guilt resulting from conflicting priorities. It is all too easy to underestimate the demands of the care-giving role.
As Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia progress, your loved one will become increasingly dependent upon you for even the most basic of care. Routine daily activities that once were within their capabilities may now be beyond their reach, and their personal needs are increasing over time. As a caregiver, it is very natural to feel overwhelmed, and to even feel resentment, as the demands on time and energy continue to increase rapidly. Tasks and responsibilities that were once manageable are now clouded by feelings of helplessness and lack of control. Depression and social isolation are as much of a concern for caregivers as they are for the person being provided care. It is important for caregivers to recognize their own limitations before a toll is taken on their health and well-being. Part of being a successful caregiver rests in the ability to understand and accept the limitations of care that can be provided. Caregivers must factor their own care into the plan and need to set realistic expectations for themselves and their lives. Our care team at Millennium Memory Care can help take the stress out of your caregiver duties, allowing you the opportunity to spend more relaxed quality time with your loved one, and helping to restore balance to your relationship.
Companionship and Social Benefits
The lifestyle at Millennium Memory Care provides constant companionship and a social environment that serves to significantly reduce isolation. Our community setting cannot be substituted or reproduced through in-care; here, new friendships are made continually.Companionship during all daily activities and at mealtimes enhances socialization, and an active social life is also a proven way to avoid depression. Depression in seniors can lead to other health issues and dramatically reduce quality of life as a whole. While depression is treatable with medications, it can be equally treatable with socialization; social interaction shifts the focus of life from inner feelings of loss and inadequacy to the outer social environment where the concentration is on abilities that remain and activities that can still be enjoyed.
Our Living Environment
Our senior living environment has been specifically designed to care for those with memory impairment and will provide the level of care your loved one needs. Our professional staff is specially trained in memory care and other aspects of aging, and can help you understand and deal with issues that may be unfamiliar to you and your family.Most likely, at this stage, previously routine activities have now become the caregiver’s responsibility and the concern for safety has become the single largest source of distress. It is time to rethink safe and appropriate levels of care for yourself and your loved one. We here at Millennium Memory Care can help take the fear out of the inevitable decision that must be made, and can help you feel comfortable knowing that your loved one is in a safe and secure environment.