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When Is it Time to Consider Memory Care?

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Knowing when to consider memory care for your aging parents is essential for their health, well-being, and peace of mind. A senior living community provides a safe and secure space where seniors get the memory care they need. Meanwhile, they are surrounded by their peers and trained medical staff.

At Baptist Retirement Community, our senior living community offers memory care services to help people get the most out of retirement. We offer independent and assisted-living facilities, scheduled activities, delicious meals, and an attentive staff. Seniors will find everything they need in one community as their health changes. For more information about our senior memory care services, call 325.313.7931 or fill out our online assessment today, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

What Is a Senior Memory Care Program?

A senior memory care program works with seniors who suffer from all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, Vascular dementia, and other types of dementia. The program provides a structured environment in a secure location to prevent wandering with a full-time staff of nurses and therapists. Seniors will live in a comfortable environment with plenty of memory-enhancing activities and socializing opportunities to make the most of their golden years.

A senior memory care program provides specialized training based on each resident’s needs, transportation services, medication management, nutritious meal plans, and various lifestyle programs. Seniors can participate in daily activities to keep their minds engaged and start a new hobby, such as arts & crafts, music lessons, and other fun hobbies.

At Baptist Retirement Community, our Sagecrest Alzheimer’s Care Center is ideal for seniors who show signs of dementia and want to be close to their friends and medical care. We offer a full complement of memory care services, skilled nursing care, respite care, and short- and long-term rehabilitation care.

Knowing When to Consider Memory Care

As we age, it is customary to forget things like names, where you put your keys or stumble over finding the right words. Your brain produces less dopamine, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters as you age, leading to declining cognition, memory problems, and depression. Dementia is not the same as average age-related mental decline. It is a progressive illness that worsens if not adequately treated.

If you are concerned your parents may be showing signs of dementia, Here are some of the common signs that it is time to consider memory care:

  • Word association – One clear sign that it is time for memory care services is mixing up words without realizing it. They can use the wrong words and may think they said everything correctly. They can also forget common everyday words, children’s names, and old friends they haven’t seen in a while.
  • Familiar tasks take longer – You may notice that they take longer to complete tasks they do every day, such as cooking, cleaning, and bookkeeping. They may struggle to understand a recipe they have cooked for years or forget how to operate everyday household items.
  • Level of care changes –  If the at-home caregiver becomes overwhelmed with caring for your parents due to their declining cognition, it can impact their overall health and well-being. Not all caregivers are trained to handle worsening dementia and may be unable to provide the level of care they need.
  • They are unsafe at home – Seniors with dementia often forget to take their medication and cannot properly take care of themselves. They are also at an increased risk of falling due to balance issues.
  • You feel it is time – Finding the proper care for your aging parents is essential for your peace of mind and their health and happiness. In addition to memory care services, seniors will be close to their friends and medical support in case of emergencies and have access to other programs and services that will benefit their overall health.

Deciding to move into a senior living community is the smart choice when your parent’s memory problems begin impacting their well-being. Today’s retirement communities offer a safe and secure space where seniors can thrive while getting the care they need for their sunset years.

Join Baptist Retirement Community for Our Senior Memory Care Services

At Baptist Retirement Community, we welcome seniors of all ages looking for a senior living community that can meet their changing needs as their health declines. We are a full-service community with a wide range of services that include:

  • Memory care
  • Independent living
  • Assisted living
  • Respite care
  • Short-term rehabilitation care
  • Long-term skilled nursing care

If you want more information about our memory care services, contact Baptist Retirement Community at 325.313.7931 today.