When visiting a loved one who lives in a memory care community, you may not know exactly what to expect. If you have never had a loved one with memory loss or met anyone dealing with it before, you may be completely blindsided by how they act or who they have become. If you’ve never been to a memory care community, it can be a lot to take in. It’s important to know how to prepare yourself and other friends and family members before visiting a loved one in a memory care community, in order to have the most successful visit possible.
Having good communication when your loved one is dealing with memory loss is crucial, especially if you are their caregiver. But what happens when you are no longer their caregiver and are entrusting their care to someone else? When a loved one moves to a memory care community, it can be easy to think that you won’t have to worry about anything and that staff members will let you know of any issues they come across, but in order to ensure the best care for your loved one, it’s often a good idea to stay in-the-know and be a partner in their care team.
Seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia often have trouble being in loud, crowded areas. When overwhelmed or overstimulated, they become agitated and restless and they may even start to wander. Many times, seniors with dementia prefer quiet, one-on-one interactions, which can make some everyday activities a little more difficult to partake in. One of these is exercise. Many gyms can be loud and full of strange noises that can confused loved ones with dementia, so that leaves it to us to find ways seniors can effectively exercise at home.