Reasons to Consider Memory Care #2
They need 24 hour care and protection
Off the top of my head I can think of a dozen examples, some personal, some I’ve heard from friends. From smoke coming from the kitchen window when they arrived, to falling (they don’t remember how) on the floor only to be stuck there until someone came to help, to being outside with insufficient clothing, to forgetting (every few minutes) whether they have taken their pills. Those are probably most likely to be serious issues. Throw in a car and it could be a danger. But there are so many things they used to do for themselves that they may not be able to manage anymore.
- Have they ever fallen? Can they get up if so?
- Do they wander?
- Would you hear them if they got up?
- Are they secure at night, so they can’t leave your/their home?
- Do they handle their own medication? Do they get their pills mixed up?
- Are they cooking for themselves? Have they ever left the stove on?
- Is the food in the refrigerator still good or is it past its use-date?
- Do they dress themselves properly before going outside?
- Can they maintain their personal care, such as showering, teeth brushing, hair care, shaving?
- Do they have access to knives or other sharp items that could cause harm?
- Do they sleep too much, or not enough?
- Do they get adequate stimulation?
In a facility there are always caregivers available, all the time. They make rounds several times every night, checking in each room to be sure the residents are doing okay, that they are still in bed, etc. Both Mom and Dad have had falls during the night. They could never say how they got there, if they just fell out of bed or if they were trying to get up from bed. But there is a procedure in place when it happens. Their blood pressure is checked, etc. If they happen to be sick they are checked every half hour to an hour. Besides the night checks, the facility is secure. If there is a patio, it will be completely enclosed.
Add to that healthy meals and snacks, served to them. Their medications are secure and delivered at the required time. They are given as much assistance as needed for personal care too, which becomes more and more necessary as the disease progresses. It is so reassuring to know the aides are watching over them when we can’t be there.