Finding the right living option for individuals suffering from memory loss can be confusing. That’s why we’ve listed the most popular options as well as questions to consider before making this big decision.
Important questions to Consider Before Choosing Your Method of Care
- Who is the person with the disease and what is important to him or her?
- Does he or she have different perceptions than me?
- How does this person feel?
- What were their personality, habits, routines, hobbies, and passions?
- What is their family history?
- What areas of safety are a concern now and what may they be in the future?
- Would living with others benefit the person with dementia?
In-home care offers various options including housing, meals, supportive services, and health care inside the person’s own home. It is a happy medium between living alone and living in a residential home. The needs of the individual are met, but they also get to maintain a strong sense of independence. Find out more about our in-home care options we provide at Gianna Homes here.
Skilled nursing offers round-the-clock care and long-term medical treatment. Different areas of need like nutrition, care planning, and medical care are addressed in these homes. Staff-to-resident ratios are important to consider as well. Places like these aim to help meet the specific needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Residents live in a home specifically designed with their needs in mind and a variety of activities are offered that address and validate their social, sensory, emotional, spiritual, and physical wants and needs. Programming is created and structured around the residents’ interest and abilities so that residents can truly participate and enjoy the day’s events. Find out more information about what we offer in our two residential Gianna Homes here.
Caregivers, both lay and professional, need to be aware that there is a direct correlation between the nature of the disease the person is experiencing and the behavior their loved one is exhibiting. Once you’ve considered all of the factors listed above as well as asked the right questions, you will be better able to decide what the right decision is for the individual that is experiencing this debilitating disease.