Moving to a Memory Care Center: When is the Right Time?

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If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may be wondering if staying home or moving to a memory care center is best. While this can be a difficult decision, if your loved one is unable to manage personal care activities like bathing, dressing or grooming, exhibits aggressive behaviors or starts to wander, a specialized memory care assisted living setting can provide a safe and healthy alternative. But when is the right time to move? Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms that signal it might be time to move.

Wandering

One of the most common symptoms associated with dementia is wandering. Anyone who has memory problems and can walk is at risk. Wandering can happen throughout any stage of the disease process but is most common in the early to mid-stages of the disease. If you notice that your loved one is restless, paces or makes repetitive movements or has difficulty locating familiar places such as the bathroom or bedroom, they may soon begin to wander. Wandering increases the risk of falling, getting lost inside or outside the home and can put your loved one in danger.

Behavior Changes

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia can be difficult to process. Your loved one may feel humiliated, frustrated or depressed at the thought of what lies ahead. These feelings coupled with physiological changes in the brain caused by the disease can lead to significant behavioral changes including anxiety, aggression or depression. These behavioral changes can quickly become a source of tension between you and your loved one and make caregiving difficult or altogether impossible. If this is the case, it may be a good time to move.

 The Benefits of Moving

Staying home can be a struggle for a variety of reasons such as the expense of hiring private duty caregivers, lack of stimulating activities socialization or a home that isn’t equipped to meet one’s changing needs. Many memory care assisted living centers like the Ganzhorn Suites offer around-the-clock care, a variety of enrichment activities, nutritious meals and a myriad of opportunities to socialize. Specialized memory care centers are also much more cost effective compared to hiring private duty caregivers which cost on average $24 per hour in central Ohio.    

Moving a friend or family member into an Alzheimer’s care facility or senior assisted living center is never an easy choice; however, when health, happiness or safety is at risk, it can be the best decision not only for your loved one but also for you.

For more information about The Ganzhorn Suites, contact our Community Relations Director at 614-398-9333 or via email at CRD.Powell@ganzhorn.com.

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