While Alzheimer's disease is familiar to us all, among other common causes of dementia are Lewy body, frontal temporal, vascular dementia and Parkinson's. Dementia in itself is not a disease but instead a group or mixture of cognitive and psychological symptoms. Depending upon the cause, symptoms include memory loss, confusion, difficulty communicating or finding words, personality changes, hallucinations and often inappropriate behavior. If your loved one suffers from dementia then your search for the right environment should include finding professionals who are trained in memory care. An experienced caregiver will be patient, consistent, friendly and non-confrontational. A smile and gentle encouragement while redirecting can go a long way in warding off inappropriate behaviors and the ability to provide care. If your loved one has gotten lost or you are fearful of him/her doing so then a secure environment is a necessary part of your search. Keep in mind your loved ones personality, physical capability, age and what makes them happy. The size and layout of a community will have a positive daily effect if it is matched accordingly. Your loved ones quality of life is an essential part of this decision along with care and safety.
Memory care tends to be one of the most expensive types of care particularly in a secure environment. The task of finding the right one within an affordable budget can be daunting. Contact Moms Care Plan for help at 281-682-3727. With over 15 years of experience in senior living and care, we have information and first-hand knowledge of the best options for all budgets.