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When Should I Put My Parent with Alzheimer’s in Memory Care?

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It’s natural to want your parent with Alzheimer’s to be in an environment where they can thrive. You can rest assured that they will be safe and well cared for in a memory care center.

At Westminster Place, we prioritize your loved one’s well-being through personalized memory care and therapy. We will make sure that your parent with Alzheimer’s enjoys a fulfilling life while working on their cognitive skills. Contact Westminster Place at 903.329.6520 to discuss living options for your parent.

Signs that Your Parent’s Alzheimer’s Is Getting Worse

While you love and respect your parent, they may not be easy to care for anymore. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it can take a large toll on families and the seniors themselves.

A few signs to watch for include:

  • Increased agitation and hostile behavior
  • Wandering around and getting lost
  • Limited ability to care for themselves
  • Worsening living conditions (e.g., an unclean home)
  • Extreme forgetfulness

If you notice these signs worsening as time goes on, you should consider moving a parent with Alzheimer’s into memory care.

When to Move a Parent with Alzheimer’s to Memory Care

You may find yourself wondering when to move a parent with Alzheimer’s to memory care. The bottom line is that you are the one who ultimately gets to make this choice. We understand that it is a complex decision and are here to guide you through it.

It’s best to move them when you notice worsening symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. However, caregiver burnout is another major problem in families of seniors with memory problems.

If you are an unpaid, overworked caregiver, it doesn’t matter that the person you’re caring for is a relative. You still have personal needs—and caregiving can be exhausting. That’s why senior care professionals are so helpful to families with loved ones in memory care.

Benefits of Moving a Parent with Alzheimer’s to Memory Care

There are numerous benefits to consider when you think about moving a parent with Alzheimer’s to memory care. It can be stressful and scary, but the end results are worth it.

First and foremost, at a memory care facility, your loved one will have extra sets of hands to help them get through each day. The staff takes care of housekeeping, escorts residents to activities, and helps them maintain a daily schedule.

On top of all that assistance, your parent will benefit from the structure and routines set in place for seniors. The more predictable and familiar their routine is each day, the less agitated and confused they will be. When it comes to their quality of life, memory care is one of the best places for your parent with Alzheimer’s to be.

Luxury Amenities and Enjoyable Activities

At home, your parent might not have access to enjoyable activities, hobbies, and social groups. Memory care centers create the perfect environment for seniors with memory problems to socialize and connect with others—and themselves.

Residents who love arts and crafts are in luck: group sessions are available to help your loved one express their creativity. Keeping their brains active and engaged in creative hobbies helps to combat cognitive problems.

Westminster Place also offer group outings, yummy dining options, and a library. When your parent isn’t directly benefiting from memory therapies, they can explore their environment in a safe manner.

How to Talk to Your Parent About the Move

It’s never easy to bring up major transitions to a parent with memory problems. They may become scared, hostile, or offended during the conversation.

This is normal, and it doesn’t mean you should shy away from these tough conversations. Your honesty and support will mean the world to your parent and help them navigate the transition into memory care.

Remember to validate their feelings and avoid arguing back. Memory care is incredibly beneficial for seniors, and they will find their place in the community soon enough.

Westminster Place: Memory Care for Parents with Alzheimer’s

We are located in Longview, TX, and we can’t wait to meet your family. Contact Westminster Place at 903.329.6520 today to learn more about your parent’s potential new luxury community.