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When Is it Time for Senior Memory Care?

Senior looks at sticky notes as he wonders if it is time for senior memory care

There are several signs you need memory care, from forgetting to take medications and missing important doctor’s appointments to wandering away from home and frequently becoming confused or disoriented. As these signs become more prominent, it is clear that it’s time to enroll in a senior living community offering memory care services. Seniors will have a full-time team of therapists and medical professionals to care for their needs in a safe environment. Plus, a full range of social activities, healthy meal programs, and other services to make the most out of their sunset years. 

At Baptist Retirement Community, we are a full-service senior living community with independent and assisted living programs, memory care, and long-term skilled nursing care services. Our memory care community features private rooms in a protected residential environment, including lifestyle programming to engage their minds and improve memory retention. If you want to learn more about our senior memory care programs, call 325.313.7931 today to speak with our caring team. 

Considering Senior Memory Care Services

The typical age that most seniors begin to experience cognitive decline is 70 years of age, but each individual is different in how susceptible someone is to memory decline. Seniors with families that have a history of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to experience the same age-related decline their parents did. Fortunately, memory care services have greatly improved over the years and can slow some, if not all, of their memory decline.  

Memory care for seniors can include physical, occupational, and speech therapy to help restore lost functionality after a stroke or other neurological event. Therapists work closely with each resident to relearn lost functionality, rebuild their strength and dexterity, and other vital functions like swallowing and speaking clearly. They can also teach them new ways to communicate if they cannot. 

If you are considering senior memory care services, Baptist Retirement Community offers individualized care programs for seniors who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Residents enjoy the comfort of private rooms, a structured care program, and socializing opportunities to promote memory retention and overall better mental health.

4 Signs You Need Memory Care

Knowing the signs of cognitive decline is imperative for families with aging parents who are beginning to struggle with their memory or making complex decisions. If these signs are ignored, the risk of injury, getting lost, and forgetting important medications increases significantly. 

Here are some of the common signs you need a memory care program:

  • You notice they become disoriented and confused more often. This can lead to forgetting to turn off the stove after cooking, leaving doors open or unlocked, or forgetting what they do when running errands. 
  • Their full-time caregiver is no longer able to care for them properly. As memory and cognitive problems increase, it can be difficult for caregivers who do not have experience treating dementia to continue to provide adequate care. A senior memory care facility specifically treats dementia and other neurological disorders. 
  • They experience incontinence and cannot care for their personal hygiene without support. Poor hygiene can lead to skin, bacterial, fungi, parasitic infections, and other serious health complications.
  • You feel they are no longer safe at home alone or with part-time care. If their memory loss prevents them from adequately caring for themselves, enrolling them in a memory care program can restore some of their quality of life and improve their cognitive ability. 

These are just a few signs that your parents or elderly loved ones can benefit from a memory care program. In addition to receiving quality care, they will have more socializing opportunities than living at home alone. 

Baptist Retirement Community: Individualized Senior Memory Care Programs

Baptist Retirement Community has a full-time staff of therapists and RNs who specialize in memory care for seniors. Our team will evaluate each resident to get a clear picture of their physical and mental health and the best services for their care. Our Sagecrest Alzheimer’s Care Center provides residents with the following:

  • Private suites in a protected environment
  • Community spaces and activity rooms
  • Daily activities and regularly planned outings
  • Lifestyle programming
  • Faith-based dementia programs 

To discover all of the benefits of our memory care programs, contact us at 325.313.7931 today to schedule a tour and meet our team of caregivers and memory care specialists.