Making the Transition to Memory Care
Transitioning a loved one to memory care can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. It is never easy to see someone you care about struggle with a condition like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. But as their needs change, it may become necessary to move them into a specialized memory care program which will provide a safe and supportive environment for your loved one. We offer specialized care and services tailored to meet the unique needs of those living with memory loss.
The Decision to Transition to Memory Care
Transitioning a loved one to memory care is never an easy decision. It often stems from the realization that their current living situation can no longer meet their needs. This can be due to safety concerns, the progression of their condition, or the inability to provide the level of care they require at home.
While it is natural to feel guilty or sad about this decision, it is important to remember that moving your loved one into memory care is ultimately for their benefit. Memory care programs are designed to improve their quality of life and provide them with the specialized care they need.
Finding the Right Care
Choosing the right memory care community is crucial for your loved one’s well-being. Here are some factors to consider when searching for the right care:
- Location: It is important to find a place that is easily accessible for family and friends to visit. This can also help ease any anxiety your loved one may have about transitioning to a new environment.
- Staff and Services: Look for specialized care with staff who are trained in caring for individuals with memory loss. They should also offer a variety of services to meet your loved one’s specific needs.
- Safety and Security: Memory care programs should have safety measures in place to prevent wandering and ensure the well-being of residents. This can include secure entrances, emergency call systems, and supervision at all times.
- Activities and Amenities: It is important for memory care programs to offer activities and amenities that can help stimulate the minds of residents. Look for programs specifically designed for those with memory loss, as well as other services like therapy or social events.
- Cost: Memory care can be costly, so it is important to research and understand the costs involved. Take the time to ask questions about pricing and options for financial assistance.
Making the Transition to Memory Care
Moving your loved one into a memory care program can be a difficult transition for both of you. Here are some tips to help ease the process:
- Personalize Their Space: To help your loved one feel more at home, bring familiar items to personalize their space in their new home. This can include family photos, favorite books or movies, and other sentimental objects.
- Visit Often: Regular visits from family and friends can help your loved one adjust to their new environment and feel connected to their support system.
- Communicate with the Staff: Keep open communication with the staff at the memory care program. They can provide updates on your loved one’s well-being and address any concerns you may have.
Transitioning a loved one into memory care is a big decision, but it can also provide them with the specialized care, safety and support they need. At Village Shalom, we’re passionate about helping people with dementia enjoy life in a safe and supportive environment. Our memory care community features private suites within a household model of care where residents have access to beautifully appointed community spaces and secure outdoor courtyards. Your loved one will have plenty of opportunities to engage with 40+ hours of dementia-friendly programming per week. Contact us to schedule a tour or to learn more about our innovative memory care community in Overland Park, KS.