How Do You Know When Memory Care is Needed?

If a loved one is beginning to need extra assistance at home due to memory-related conditions, you may be starting to consider the move to a senior living community offering memory care. As overwhelming as this may be, know that you’re not alone and there’s memory care that can improve your loved one’s quality of life. But how do you know this is the right move?

At Ventana by Buckner, we understand that you want what’s best for your loved one to help them live the most fulfilling life they possibly can. Here are a few signs your loved one would benefit from memory care services.

4 Indications Your Loved One is in Need of Memory Care

They’re experiencing some of the early signs of dementia.

As we age, there can be some natural declines in memory. You may have noticed your parents take a moment to remember what day of the week it is or forget where they put the keys in the house. But what if this memory loss is more serious?

The Alzheimer’s Association’s “Know the 10 Signs” campaign can give you a better understanding of the first signs of dementia:

  1. Memory loss that becomes disruptive in daily activities.
  2. Difficulty solving a problem or planning.
  3. Increasing difficulty in completing daily tasks.
  4. Confusion about time or place.
  5. Vision changes.
  6. Problems in speech or writing.
  7. Misplacing belongings and an inability to retrace steps.
  8. Poor judgement.
  9. Social and work withdrawal.
  10. Frequent changes in mood or personality.

Safety is becoming an increasing concern.

If you notice your loved one is needing a helping hand or medical attention more frequently, it could be a sign they are no longer safe to live on their own. Memory care communities offer safety and security features to protect you in the community, such as an emergency response system, 24/7 supervised care in a purposed-designed environment and a familiar environment with comfortable surroundings. You can feel a sense of ease knowing that should an emergency come up, there are plans in place for your loved one to feel safe, secure and well-cared for.

Your needs are beginning to be placed on the backburner.

“Compassion fatigue” is common and happens when caregivers become burnt out in their roles of consistent care for someone else. Of course, you want to offer the best care for your parent, but you also need to take time for yourself to relax and recharge.

Sometimes a loved one’s care can even exceed your time or abilities – and that’s okay. There are plenty of options to offer additional care for your loved one, including the move to a senior living community offering memory care.

Your loved one would benefit from a stress-free environment.

Amenities and services at a memory care community typically include:

  • Staff trained to work with individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and memory loss
  • A medical director and registered dietician
  • Medication monitoring and administration
  • Nutritious meals, freshly prepared for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Common spaces designed to encourage socialization

Staff, amenities and services all combine to create a structured environment with set schedules and routines in place. These — along with safety features and programs designed to cultivate and maintain cognitive skills — help create a stress-free lifestyle. The goal of a memory care community’s team is to help slow the progression of memory-related conditions while helping residents feel a daily sense of purpose and satisfaction.

Discover Personalized Memory Care in Dallas at Ventana by Buckner

We at Ventana by Buckner understand that you want what’s best for your loved one to help them live the most fulfilling life they possibly can. As part of our life plan community, we offer Garden View at Ventana, which provides personalized memory support for residents at any stage of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Our memory care community is focused on intentional services and amenities designed to bring comfort to your loved one. All our memory care residents experience safe, secure and comfortable living, with support that meets them where they’re at in their battle with dementia.

If you’d like to schedule an information session, apply for residence or simply ask some questions to our team, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’re always available to assist in researching and evaluating your options. You can also click on this link to schedule your personal tour of our community.