Memory loss is something that concerns many of us. If you have a loved one who is exhibiting signs of memory loss – confusion, forgetfulness, getting lost while walking or driving to a familiar place – it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your loved one’s primary care physician (PCP) as soon as possible.
Once the diagnosis – and stage/severity – of dementia is determined, you’ll want to get started on planning for the future. There are adult day services to consider where your loved one may spend the day with a trained staff offering activities as well as meals; sometimes bathing is offered as an additional service. The adult day service is helpful for primary caregivers (often a spouse or adult child), who need to run errands, clean the house, or snag a few minutes of much-deserved rest.
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be exhausting. You are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As your loved one requires more and more care, it may be time to consider a memory care neighborhood which is a personal care home that offers specialized attention for people with dementia. Activities vary by level of resident ability, engaging different residents in different ways – for example, some residents flourish during guided art classes while others are partial to their individualized music play list while still others enjoy engaging in physical exercise. Secure memory care, offered at Pine Run’s The Garden, provides an abundance of fulfilling activities in a safe setting for those with dementia who tend to be physically active. While families sometimes experience guilt in placing their loved one in a memory care neighborhood, they soon find peace of mind knowing that their loved one is well cared for, and the caregiver can return to a more manageable pace at home.
Interested but not ready? Consider joining Pine Run’s memory care support group held monthly at Lakeview Personal Care, 2425 Lower State Road in Doylestown, on the third Wednesday of each month, commencing at 3:00 pm. To register, please call Maureen Riley, Life Enrichment Director, at 215-489-5874.
Plan to visit Pine Run’s The Garden today, so you can position your loved one for a rewarding tomorrow. Contact Pine Run’s Business Development Director, Vicki Bosler at 215-340-5201 to schedule a tour.