Your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Of course, you want to give them the best care and quality of life possible. That means it’s time to educate yourself and learn how to prepare and what to expect. Luckily for you, the memory care experts at Marshall Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Evans, Georgia, are helping to educate families caring for a loved one who is experiencing memory challenges.
Since every human is a unique individual, no Alzheimer’s or other dementia experience will be identical. It is important to regularly speak to your loved one’s doctor about their condition, its progression, and the recommended treatments and medications. You may also want to ask about what changes in behavior you should be aware of or what physical and cognitive limitations they may begin to experience. Learn whether there are any symptoms or behaviors you should be on the lookout for and which situations warrant a medical visit. Make sure you have all the information you need to care for your loved one, deal with any changes, and give them the best possible quality of life.
Your loved one will likely do best when their environment and lifestyle are familiar, calm, and safe. One of the best ways to implement such a lifestyle is to establish daily routines. To the extent possible, keep your loved one’s days as similar as possible. Include activities they enjoy as well as productive tasks they can perform on their own or with minimal assistance. Such actions will give them a sense of independence and accomplishment.
Implementing a daily routine can help your loved one enjoy their day and avoid the frustration and discomfort that can occur when they are confronted with new things. But a routine will not necessarily prevent all such frustration. Like anyone else, your loved one will likely have good days and bad days, and they may react differently to the same stimuli from one day to the next. Therefore, it is important to not place rigid expectations on your loved one. Instead, be flexible and accept your loved one’s experience day by day.
Being the sole caregiver for someone experiencing memory challenges can be stressful. Caregiver burnout is a well-known phenomenon that occurs when caregivers spend too much of their time and energy caring for their loved one and end up struggling to maintain their own routines and responsibilities.
It may also be time to relocate your loved one to a reputable memory care community when their condition becomes harder to manage, when they have multiple other health concerns in addition to dementia, or when their quality of life can no longer be maintained without consistent, frequent help from professional caregivers.
Marshall Pines offers both temporary and long-term solutions for families. If you’re going away on business, planning a vacation, or simply need a break from caregiving, respite care at Marshall Pines is the perfect solution for providing your loved one with the Person-Centered Care that they need.
And when it’s time for a long-term solution, Marshall Pines is happy to welcome new residents. The community’s extraordinary location, memory care-specific programming, and experienced and dedicated staff make it the perfect place for your loved one. The community offers floorplans to fit every resident’s needs, as well as personal care options for health monitoring like medication management or assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, and oral care. Your loved one will experience the highest quality of Person-Centered Care at Marshall Pines.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Marshall Pines, contact our friendly team today.