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When to Consider Memory Care for Loved Ones With Dementia

From the time you first began to notice the early signs of dementia, you’ve probably found yourself wondering how you would know when it’s time to consider moving a parent to memory care. For most families, it is a difficult decision.


When a senior lives alone in their private home, the early signs of Alzheimer’s might be harder to detect. Especially if you live far away and don’t see your older family member in person very often. It isn’t uncommon for older adults to realize something is wrong and work hard to conceal the symptoms for as long as they can.


If a parent or other family elder calls a senior living community home, you have an advantage. Your senior family member is surrounded by professionals who probably recognize the signs of memory loss early and can help you take a proactive approach to managing the disease.


So what are the signs it’s time for memory care? How do you know when a senior needs to move from assisted living to memory care?


We have a few guidelines you might find helpful.


When to Consider Memory Care for Loved Ones with Dementia and Alzheimer's

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it creates a variety of unique challenges. Some of these challenges are very difficult to safely manage at home or in a traditional assisted living community.


  • Agitation and aggression

  • Wandering from home

  • Becoming lost even in familiar places

  • Mobility problems and increasing number of falls

  • Vision changes especially loss of depth perception

  • An unhealthy amount of weight loss

  • Poor judgment

  • Forgetfulness

  • Sleep problems

  • Hallucinations

When more than a few of these issues appear, it might be time to begin exploring your options for memory care.


Memory Care Support

Memory care offers programs and support designed to help a senior with dementia feel successful—and to keep them safe.


A few examples include the following:


  • Specialty dining programs that use techniques such as aromatherapy and adaptive utensils to prevent weight loss

  • Life enrichment activities that help soothe agitation and promote feelings of productiveness

  • Thoughtfully designed, secure environment to keep a senior with memory loss safe

  • Dedicated caregivers who receive additional training to learn how to communicate with and support the needs of people with dementia

  • Wellness activities that work around physical losses


Chronicles at Elmcroft Senior Living

Elmcroft is a  leading provider of memory carein communities across the country. We call our Memory Care Program Chronicles.


From our specialty training program for dementia caregivers to our commitment to honoring each resident’s personal life story, we help adults with dementia live their best quality of life. The best way to learn more is to visit one of our communities. Call us today to schedule a private tour!


More Information on Memory Care:

FAQs About Memory Care

How Much Does Memory Care Cost?

Tips for Assessing Memory Care Programs

Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Helping Your Loved One Transition to Memory Care

Understanding How Doctors Diagnose Dementia

Types of Dementia 


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