How An Assisted Living Community Benefits People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia

Carla Adamic Outside

Memory loss can be a challenging and unforgiving process. Some people will want to stay in their home for as long as possible. And while we understand that may be a strong temptation, there are good reasons to move to an Assisted Living Community with professional memory care options sooner rather than later. Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider making a move in the earlier stages.

1.  Professional Care 24/7

The reality of diseases like Alzheimer’s is that you simply can’t predict when you will need help. Most houses and apartments aren’t equipped with the latest medical technologies and most people simply won’t have the ability to have the support of professionals round-the-clock, 7 days a week. You will also have someone else monitoring you when you take your medication so you don’t need to remember what you have taken and when. This added layer of security simply makes life easier and more worry free.

2. It Makes Life Easier for Your Loved Ones

dependent-441408_640As much as you might not want to admit it, taking care of you can be a challenge for others, both emotionally and physically. This can cause some strain on your relationship as well as your loved one’s personal and professional life. Receiving reliable care from a third party will eliminate that strain and allow you to enjoy your relationships free of unnecessary complications.

3. Simplifying Your Environment Simplifies Your Life

Assisted living frees you of the burden of keeping a larger home. You will have support for cooking, cleaning, laundry and other needs. You don’t need to worry about managing your schedule because someone will always be there to help you do so.  Opportunities to shop, work out, enjoy a show, and more will all come to you. You will have more freedom to focus on the here and now.

4. Home is Who You’re With As Much As Where You Are

Some Assisted Living Communities offer a “Continuum of Care” which means that if you have a spouse or other significant other who lives with you, they can still live with you even after you move. They may have different needs than you do, but because of a diversity of care options, they will receive as much or as little care as they require while you receive your individualized care. A Continuum of Care means your relationships can stay as “we”, as you age in place safely with the person who means the most to you.

If you have more questions about memory care or continuum of care options, please visit us at www.rcjl.org or call us at 925.648.2800.