What is Memory Care?Assisted living and memory care are two fast growing options for long-term senior care.
There are many options for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our focus is on finding the best fit your your loved one’s needs. Sometimes our families just need more help with challenging transitions and decision-making. We’ll work with you in facilitating essential conversations between family members, or with home care agency or caregiver selection.
It can be comforting to have someone partner with you who is outside the emotional landscape of the family, doing research, talking to providers, organizing paperwork, or finding those "needle in a haystack" resources. A go-to person you can turn to when things get overwhelming. Whatever the need, we can customize our services for your family or provide you with vetted referral sources.
Care Options in the Richmond AreaA wide variety of care options are available for your loved ones in the Richmond area. Let us help you find the right one today.
These range from in-home care, which can be supported by Adult Day Care, to various types of facility care. Assisted living communities often offer specialized dementia care sections, and there are also dedicated Memory Care facilities in our area that only work with dementia patients. Another available option is a small Care Home setting, which typically have three to seven residents. This can be a great option for families looking for a more intimate setting with a low caregiver to resident ratio.
Lisa Isbell and the Richmond area Senior Care Authority team can help you navigate the many choices available for care for your loved one, and serve as your advocate and guide throughout the process. Call or email them today for a free consultation, and let them help give you peace of mind as you make critical care decisions for your loved one.
Who Is Memory Care For?Memory Care is for those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Dementia is defined as a chronic and persistent disorder caused by a brain disease or injury. Effects of dementia can interfere with daily life in areas such as memory loss, reasoning and judgement, language skills, mood and behavior. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia, followed by Vascular dementia, which can occur after a stroke.
As defined by the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills, and eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
Advice For Adult ChildrenWe talk with adult children daily regarding the best living choices for their parents or other family members. Though many issues are discussed, safety and quality care are the top priorities.
Many adult children feel an enormous weight of guilt and sometimes even a sense of failure for the inability to care for aging parents. Guilt, helplessness, and the pain of realizing that you may no longer be suited, or able, to give your elderly parent what he or she needs is a huge burden for any child to feel (regardless of age). Coming to a decision that your parent may need more specialized care and time than you are able to provide is not easy. When assessing the need for more specialized elderly care for your parent, you may need to take the following issues under consideration:
- Is my parent able to stay safe in the current living environment?
- Can I devote the time necessary to adequately care for my elderly parent's needs?
- Do I have it in me to handle my parent suffering from a cognitive disorder such as Alzheimer's?
- Am I able to help my aging parent with mobility issues?
Impact of illnessAlzheimer's Association 2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
Alzheimer's Association 2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
- What Is Alzheimer's? https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers
- Know the 10 Signs https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/10_signs
- Facts and Figures https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/Facts-Figures
- Stages of Alzheimer's https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/Stages