When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it is a frightening and altogether daunting time for your loved one and their friends and family members.
Residential care has evolved in recent years into a worthwhile and incredibly beneficial option for those people living with dementia who prefer a communal living environment and are still, to varying levels, able to take care of themselves independently. Likewise, assisted living facilities are the best choice for a loved one who has been diagnosed with a debilitating mental disease as each resident is afforded as much, or as little, help with day-to-day activities as desired or required.
How Assisted Living Can Help
The term ‘assisted living’ is essentially an umbrella term that covers various caregiving situations and personalized care plans.
In the case of a loved one having been diagnosed with dementia, assisted living facilities provide them with guidance ranging from cleaning, cooking, and general meal preparation to washing, personal hygiene, and general chores. Assisted living is best for people living with dementia who do not require consistent medical care yet may need help and general assistance with daily activities.
Do Your Research
If you and/or your loved one have decided that they are no longer safe and capable of living independently, assisted, living facilities are the wisest option. It is crucial to complete as much research as possible around the various facilities in your local area before you decide which is a suitable fit.
It is essential to tour the facility in question. Not only does this mean you meet the staff, who are going to be in direct contact with your loved one daily (if necessary), you can observe the residents, assess the amenities, and, most importantly, get a general feel for the place and whether or not it will be the right fit for your beloved family member.
When researching the cost of living, note that assisted living in Eureka is below the national average cost of similar facilities outside Missouri.
There is a plethora of key questions that you should get a satisfying answer to before you commit.
- Are there plentiful staff members available on-site 24/7?
- Are there additional fees for social excursions and trips?
- What is the procedure when a resident’s needs change? (Be that an increase or decrease)
- Is on-site transportation available for medical appointments?
- Is the activity calendar varied and regular enough to suit your loved one’s needs?
- What is the fundamental breakdown of the fees, and are they monthly or annually paid?
- How is optimum safety and security ensured, especially during the night?
- Do they have an on-site medical doctor available 24/7?
- Are staff members specifically trained in memory loss and dementia patient’s needs?
An assisted living facility effectively bridges the gap between independent living and nursing homes and is especially applicable when your loved one has dementia.