As we age, our bodies, minds and outlook change. For some, the changes are gradual, allowing for the individual and loved ones to plan the next steps. For others change comes about more suddenly and often requires immediate lifestyle or care modifications.
Those individuals with good health who are able to live independently may still want a lifestyle change from owning a home. Senior living communities provide an alternative to dealing with such issues as maintenance, stairways, upkeep of a household, preparing meals and security. These communities offer the added benefit of the camaraderie of neighbors, planned activities and opportunities to enhance their independence without worries about maintaining a home.
As we age, changes often require that an individual receive additional care and assistance with some of the activities of daily living, from bathing and dressing to medication management and local transportation. Physical limitations sometimes cause individuals to become self-conscious and less social, which can affect their overall outlook and sense of wellness. Assisted living communities address all of these needs and sensitivities and help individuals to thrive while living as independently as possible.
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias present special challenges to families who care for loved ones who no longer understand the world in which they live. Caring for loved ones with this disease can be difficult for families trying to understand the changes their loved ones experience. It is important for individuals and families to recognize these changes and to anticipate desired or necessary life modifications. After a certain point, the needs of the individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia surpass the family’s ability to provide needed care or solutions.
Senior living communities with special memory care environments fulfill a variety of needs in helping families to understand the changes their loved ones are experiencing while providing daily care around the clock in a safe environment that is attuned to the unique needs of the individual. Special programming that enhances memory enables these residents to live in a compassionate and caring environment. Families also find that moving loved ones with Alzheimer’s to such environments allows their time with their loved one to be quality time, while experienced caregivers at the community handle the resident’s unique care needs.