As the Baby Boomer generation gets older, many of them are finding that they are soon to be in need of long-term care in a nursing facility. According to recent surveys, almost 70% of Americans will need long-term care at some point when they turn 65 years of age.
When seniors move into assisted living facilities, 40% of them will need assistance with three or more activities that they engage in on a daily basis. The type of assistance they will need depends upon their own abilities, but particular attention is given to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Right now, there are more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease. When it comes to long-term care for men and women suffering from this debilitating condition, memory care facilities help seniors handle all kinds of day to day tasks.
As the stages of Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the care needs of those suffering from the disease will change. It is very important that soon after diagnosis, you should make plans with your loved one regarding requests they might have regarding care and living arrangements so that these requests can be incorporated into their treatment and long-term care in the nursing facility.
In the early stages of the disease, your loved one will likely remain at home. If you are providing care initially, make sure you have some help. It can be a very stressful and difficult job to care for someone with Alzheimer’s, even in the beginning stages. Having relief now and then will safeguard your own health.
As the disease progresses, adult daycare options can be very valuable. In these centers, there is a structured environment where activities and programs such as music or art therapy can stimulate the mind and allow for socialization.
When your loved one moves into the latter stages of the disease, assisted living and complete care can be found in a nursing facility. There are many facilities that specialize in this type of care. You can count on the staff being specially trained for the late stages care that will be needed.
Dealing with memory care for your loved one can be a very stressful proposition. With the proper planning early on, you and your loved one can face this disease and be ready for the changes it will bring to everyone’s lives.