Finding long-term memory care

Finding long-term memory care

Finding long-term care for a loved one is an immense task to take on for anyone, but when your loved one is also suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia, the challenge of seeking care becomes more urgent.

The trouble is knowing what you should be looking for when you’re trying to find a long-term care option for a loved one with a memory issue.

You first need to find a nursing home you’re comfortable with that specifically offers care for those patients suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia or other memory issues. Many nursing homes offer specific Memory Care for patients who are suffering from these kinds of diseases. Check Angie's List for qualifications and member reviews. Once you've qualified a list, contact the homes and ascertain whether the staff is trained to deal with these kinds of specific issues.

Ask if the nursing home offers support groups. The Bethany Terrace, a Chicago-area nursing home, offers an Alzheimer's Association Affiliated Dementia Support Group to residents who need it. These kinds of support groups can help you obtain the right kind of information about the diseases and issues affecting your loved ones suffer from, while you also learn how  best to help with care.

Many experts agree that establishing a specific daily routine can help those patients suffering from memory diseases. Many homes create daily routines and service plans for their residents based directly on physical limitations, behavioral issues and life history. These routine plans can help to establish footholds in the memory for the patient that can help them re-establish themselves should they have trouble remembering something. Finding a care center that can help your loved one establish the right kind of routine customized to their abilities will help them feel more comfortable.

Finding a care facility that caters specifically to those suffering from memory issues can be difficult, but understanding what to look for can make the process a little easier for the loved ones.

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