Many people caring for their loved ones still must go to a full-time job, leaving the person alone for long stretches of the day. In a memory care facility, the residents can be kept more active with round the clock supervision and the opportunities to participate in music or other cognitive activities shown to help or engage those with dementia. They’ll also be able to interact with other residents on a regular basis and won’t feel lonely.
Family relationships can also become strained over the course of care, as the person living with Alzheimer’s comes to terms with their illness and must rely more heavily on family members for care. Family caretakers can often become resentful or impatient, despite their best intentions. Choosing an assisted living or nursing home facility that everyone likes can help remove that extra stress.
If your loved one is open to the discussion, it might be worth it to take trips to various facilities before the dementia progresses too far, and to choose one together. That way, when the time comes, all parties are prepared and ready to take the next step.