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Checklist: Is Your Loved One Ready for Memory Care?

Photo credit to Caring.com
Photo credit to Caring.com

A recent article on Caring.com discusses signs that may indicate it is time to consider full-time memory care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The article points to ten indicators that can help you determine when it may be time. They are as follows:

  1. Safety. You are constantly concerned about your loved one’s wellbeing as they reside at home on their own.
  2. Caregiver Burnout. The stress and strain of providing care for your family member is posing a threat to your own health or the health of the individual’s spouse.
  3. Health Care Needs. Your loved one is not managing their medication properly because of memory loss.
  4. Isolation. Your loved one is increasingly cut off from the outside world because of their dementia.
  5. Unexplained Physical Changes. Dramatic weight loss or gain is posing threats to wellbeing.
  6. Hygiene Problems. Your loved one is not caring for themselves properly as a result of dementia or memory loss.
  7. Money Issues. Bills and taxes could be going unpaid as your loved one forgets or is overwhelmed by paperwork.
  8. Fraud. Your loved one could be preyed upon by scam artists who target individuals with dementia.
  9. Living Conditions. Your loved one may be unable to live alone safely any longer.
  10. Multiplying Items. Hoarding and repeat purchases can indicate dementia.

For an explanation of these ten items and the full article, click here.

In addition to these questions, consider these six thoughtful questions posed by The Alzheimer’s Association to caregivers and relatives of individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia that can better help caregivers determine when it may be time to consider a move to a memory care facility:

  • Is the person with dementia becoming unsafe in their current home?
  • Is the health of the person with dementia or my health as a caregiver at risk?
  • Are the person’s care needs beyond my physical abilities?
  • Am I becoming a stressed, irritable and impatient caregiver?
  • Am I neglecting work responsibilities, my family and myself?
  • Would the structure and social interaction at a care facility benefit the person with dementia?

All of the above are questions designed to aid you in the process of determining if it is time to transition a loved one to a memory care facility, like Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit. Do not hesitate to talk with doctors and trusted sources as you consider all of the options available. As always, the most important factors are the safety and wellbeing of yourself and your loved one.

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