When shopping for a senior living community, today’s seniors have more exciting lifestyle and service options than any generation before them. While this is a good thing, it can also make the decision-making process that much more overwhelming.
Choosing The Right Community
Caring for a loved one with dementia is truly a team effort. Caregivers often need help caring for their loved one to avoid burnout and caregiver stress; they need support and education to continue being the caregiver their loved one needs and - most of all - they need others to step in and places their loved one can go when they need a break. It takes a large group of people to care for the immense needs of those with dementia, and this is why it’s important to identify resources within your community to ensure you’re taking advantage of all the help you can get.
Today’s seniors are reinventing what it means to “get older.” These days, seniors aren’t just living longer ... they’re living better. They’re staying active and healthy, allowing themselves to get out and experience life the way they want. They’re using technology to the fullest and seeing educational opportunities as a doorway into the world at large that they now have the time and resources to explore. Basically, they’re living engaging, meaningful lives on their terms – even as they require more assistance because of memory issues or illnesses.
When it's time to retire, many seniors sit and dream about the warm sunshine, spending days doing exactly what they want, heading to the beach and trying every new experience that they can. Unfortunately, many seniors think that this is far out of their realm of possibility. But the truth is, it isn't. At least not at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens in Florida! As cooler weather rolls around, consider what it would be like to retire to Florida and take advantage of the retirement lifestyle that you've always dreamed of. Think about what's holding you back.
When it’s time for a loved one to move into a Memory Care community, it’s common for them to feel as though they’ve lost their independence. This can make them feel agitated, upset or even aggressive toward you or others – especially on the day of the move. While there may be no other choice but to move to a Memory Care community, it is possible to choose one that promotes the highest level of independence along with the dedicated expertise of Personal Care Specialists.
Many seniors have worked hard their entire lives to be able to afford the retirement lifestyle of their dreams. Many picture beaches, a warm location, activities to do on a daily basis and the peace of mind of knowing care is available if it’s ever needed. Those may seem like far away dreams, but with smart shopping, knowing what you want and never settling for less than what you deserve, this type of retirement lifestyle can be your reality.
As seniors begin to age, their brain health begins to change, potentially leading to dementia. This doesn’t simply affect them, but everyone around them. It affects safety, ability to complete everyday tasks, form and foster relationships and feel as though they belong in the community. While it may seem as though there is little that you can do to help, the truth is, with collaborative efforts and a bit of understanding, a community can become dementia-friendly and more inclusive.
When it comes to finding senior living care options, it can be confusing to know what to choose. However, depending on your loved one’s care needs, the solution can be clear. “When considering Assisted Living and Memory Care, it’s important to take their needs into account, while evaluating what their future care needs will be,” says Jillian Castenallo, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Coconut Creek, a Memory Care community in Coconut Creek, Florida.
The memory loss journey – whether from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory-related illness – is unique to each individual. That’s because the brain is a complex organism, and because each person’s memories and experiences are completely different, these forms of illness can manifest and affect individuals in countless ways.
Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be difficult because there are so many different forms of dementia. From Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease to frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies, no form is exactly the same. Each has its own symptoms, challenges and progression. Knowing this, why would we expect different people and their forms of memory loss to be treated the exact same way as another? This is where person-centered caregiving comes in.