If you have a friend or loved one with Alzheimer’s, you may be trying to juggle the responsibility of caring for their needs and as well as those of your own family. Maybe you have a person with Alzheimer’s who resides with you but care is more demanding than you can handle. Are there assisted living facilities for a person with Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and it is a disease that progressively worsens as brain cells die. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s but with the right care and medication, the stages of the disease can be slowed down. Assisted living facilities have broadened their ability to care for a person with Alzheimer’s in a way that promotes comfort, safety, and stimulation.
Assisted living is a type of housing that provides long term care for people who require various levels of medical and personal assistance. They offer a home-like setting and are designed to promote independence. A person can either reside in an apartment, individual room, or shared quarters.
Alzheimer’s assisted living is often referred to as a special care unit. SCUs are staffed with people who are specially trained to work with those who have Alzheimer’s. The environment is set a little differently than that of a normal assisted living facility. Special Care Units are designed to be comfortable but safe and activities are more geared towards a person with Alzheimer’s.
If you have reached the point when it is time to look for a special care unit for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you may want to consider the following:
- Is there a structured routine for the residents? Alzheimer’s patients do better on a structured schedule.
- A compassionate staff with skills to handle the different emotions often expressed from a person with Alzheimer’s.
- Are there activities that will give a person a sense of achievement and not have to worry about being criticized for how a task was completed? You want activities that will leave your loved one feeling satisfied and productive, such as making the bed or baking cookies.
- Does the place feel comfortable and safe? What steps are taken to ensure the safety of residents? How do they handle a person who wanders?
- Are outdoor activities offered? Are there secured walking paths? Are there gardening activities?
When a person gets to a certain stage of Alzheimer’s, it can be dangerous for them to remain in an environment not suited for safely accommodating the disease. Assisted living is one of the options you can look to for ensuring your loved one is safe and maintains a quality of life suited for Alzheimer’s.
When researching options for assisted living in League City, TX, call us at (832) 315-3219. Assisted Living counselors at Serenity Gardens are available to talk with you about your caregiving needs while providing better, affordable care for you or a loved one.