When to Move our Loved One into a Memory Care Facility
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia-related illness is a challenging task. Many times as the disease advances the needs of the person become so great it is very difficult to provide care at home.
Many people who suffer from dementia do not sleep well. They often wander and cannot remember how to get back home. They lose the ability to assess dangerous situations. All of these aspects of the behavior of a person with dementia can make caring for them at home exhausting, demanding and frustrating.
Caregivers can never relax because they must be constantly vigilant, protecting their loved one from harm. Due to the stress and fatigue a caregiver experiences, they may become angry, aggressive or physically ill.
Because Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses are progressive, once a loved one is diagnosed, a discussion about their future needs should be addressed. Although considering and planning for the future may be overwhelming, placing your loved one in a great facility that offers a specialized, secure memory care unit may be required.
The Williamsport Home’s Garden Terrace provides relief to the caregiver and a safe, secure environment for its residents. The 25-bed memory care unit offers individual care plans to meet each residents’ changing needs, a comfortable homelike environment for meals, activities and family interaction, and a team of professional and medical staff providing 24/7 compassionate care and monitoring.
We often hear from families after their loved one has been in the Garden Terrace that they wish they had placed them sooner. Oftentimes, residents adjust to the new environment quickly and are happier and more relaxed. More importantly, they are safe from the hazards that are often present in home environments. The original caregiver can return to the shoes they once filled and become the child, spouse, sibling or friend without the responsibilities they once assumed. Visits with their loved one can be enjoyable once again.