How do you know when a loved one is in need of assistance with memory support?
Assessments are required prior to making the decision to live a memory support residence. These evaluations help determine an individual’s cognitive abilities and help determine if an individual is appropriate for a memory support program. Generally, residents who are at risk for wandering, who require behavior management or frequent redirection are candidates for a special memory support program.
When should a family start the process of finding an appropriate living option?
It has been our experience that too many families wait until there is a crisis to consider assisted living or skilled nursing for their loved one. When a crisis happens, you may be unable to have the time to fully evaluate all available options.
What are the signs of memory loss?
Here are some indications that it may be time to begin your evaluations. Keep in mind that every individual is different and it is best to obtain a professional evaluation. Memory loss:
  • Repeating questions or statements, multiple phone calls with the same questions
  • Wandering away from home
  • Trusting strangers, falling for scams, becoming the victim of elder abuse
  • Forgetting to do things they once did like paying bills and balancing the check book
  • Leaving the stove on, frequently misplacing items
Difficulty performing daily activities:
  • Wearing same clothes multiple days
  • Bathing less frequently - personal hygiene suffering
  • Not bothering to cook for one person, skipping meals
  • Laundry and housekeeping becoming a burden
  • Spends time in only a few rooms in the house
Assessments are required prior to making the decision to live a memory support residence. These evaluations help determine an individual’s cognitive abilities and help determine if an individual is appropriate for a memory support program. Generally, residents who are at risk for wandering, who require behavior management or frequent redirection are candidates for a special memory support program.
It has been our experience that too many families wait until there is a crisis to consider assisted living or skilled nursing for their loved one. When a crisis happens, you may be unable to have the time to fully evaluate all available options.
Here are some indications that it may be time to begin your evaluations. Keep in mind that every individual is different and it is best to obtain a professional evaluation. Memory loss:
  • Repeating questions or statements, multiple phone calls with the same questions
  • Wandering away from home
  • Trusting strangers, falling for scams, becoming the victim of elder abuse
  • Forgetting to do things they once did like paying bills and balancing the check book
  • Leaving the stove on, frequently misplacing items
Difficulty performing daily activities:
  • Wearing same clothes multiple days
  • Bathing less frequently - personal hygiene suffering
  • Not bothering to cook for one person, skipping meals
  • Laundry and housekeeping becoming a burden
  • Spends time in only a few rooms in the house

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