How to Know It’s the Right Time for
Each family has a unique situation, and there is not a one size fits all answer for everyone. However, we’ve put together a few guiding questions to help you determine if your loved one is in need of memory care services.
IS YOUR LOVED ONE STRUGGLING WITH DAILY ACTIVITIES?If you notice your family member neglecting their daily activities such as proper hygiene, grooming, eating, and medication management, it’s possible this is a sign of a mental decline. Lack of this personal upkeep and attention can create uncomfortable social situations as well as an increase in your worry about them living alone. If you are considering becoming a family caregiver, please understand that family caregivers often have a difficult time managing these daily tasks because of the time commitment, which makes it similar to a full-time job with overtime. Caregiving also takes away from the quality time you can spend with each other.
ARE THEY NEGLECTING VITAL HOME MAINTENANCE AND UPKEEP?People experiencing memory loss often let their house fill with extraneous piles of clutter made of items like old newspapers, unopened mail, or household items that are not in their proper place. Things like this coupled with neglecting exterior upkeep can create a safety hazard for your loved one.
IS CAREGIVING CAUSING YOU STRESS – WHILE YOUR LOVED ONE CONTINUALLY NEEDS MORE ATTENTION?While family caregiving is a rewarding experience – it’s not for the faint of heart. The typical caregiver is a 49-year-old woman tending to her widowed 69-year-old mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed outside of the house. Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women and more than 37% have children or grandchildren under 18 years old living with them.
Source: Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009
Experts estimate that 65 million family caregivers worldwide average 20 hours a week caring for someone else. If the stress of caregiving turns into negative feelings toward your loved one or affects your health or quality of life, it’s important to consider memory care. Acknowledging that you are doing your best and taking into consideration the mental decline in your loved one means exploring memory care is a great next step. Understand that without worrying about your loved one’s everyday needs, you can get back to being a daughter, a son, and most importantly – a family again.