Dementia affects a person’s quality of life at different stages of the disease. These stages present new symptoms and negative effects. Forgetfulness, disorientation, and wandering are just a few symptoms of dementia. Assisted living communities offer helpful services to keep residents happier and improve their quality of life.
Families try to take care of elderly family members with dementia. However, the disease is overwhelming for everyone, and the emotional toll is too much. Watching a family member disappear in front of their eyes is traumatic, and many family members just can’t do it all on their own.
Make Seniors Feel More Productive
Seniors stay more productive by moving into a senior community. The communities offer a variety of activities to keep residents focused and improve recollection. The memory care services offer a variety of activities that promote cognitive function and help the person remember. Daily activities are beneficial and prevent the resident from isolating because of dementia.
Helps Residents Get Around in Their Environment
A senior community design is easier to navigate, and residents won’t get lost or become terrified. Dementia symptoms cause disorientation, forgetfulness, and frustration. Wandering around is possible for individuals with dementia.
If the person stays in the family home, there is a greater possibility of leaving home and becoming lost. The sad reality is that, when they get lost, the person has a hard time describing their environment. So, even if the person tries to contact a loved one, doing so is increasingly difficult.
Companionship During Difficult Times
Dementia causes fearfulness and anxiety. The person needs a steady caregiver to keep them calm and relaxed. Caregivers in senior communities manage care for the same residents each day. The consistent interactions improve the person’s ability to remember the caregiver.
The resident and the caregiver create a bond and become great friends. Consistent companionship gives the resident comfort and stability, and the resident has someone to confide in during difficult times. Dementia is devastating to everyone, but the disease has a serious and negative impact on the affected resident.
All Activities on a Schedule
A daily routine keeps the residents on task and reduces potential incidents. The schedule offers designated meal times, options for snacks, and daily activities that promote a better memory. A routine minimizes disorientation, and the residents keep track of their daily lives.
Advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s disease prevents the person from remembering multiple steps required to complete common tasks. The caregivers break down each task into one or two steps. This is beneficial for the residents and helps them remember how to complete the tasks on their own.
Keeping Seniors Involved in the Community
Dementia has a negative impact on the resident. However, their involvement in community activities and events keeps the person more social. Socialization helps improve their quality of care, and residents with dementia stay within a safe area during the events. Participation makes the residents feel welcomed, and the environment stays friendly.
Help With Daily Nutrition Requirements
Proper nutrition helps with recollection and memory, too. There are foods that have a negative effect on people with dementia. Meal preparation services include a diet based on the resident’s current medical conditions.
Foods such as red meat, dairy, sweets, and fried foods are unhealthy for anyone who has dementia. The kitchen staff limits these foods to improve cognitive function and unhealthy effects caused by higher quantities of these foods.
A Great Home for Seniors
At Summerfield of Stockton, we offer exceptional homes for seniors with dementia. Our community is safe for all residents, and we provide a wide array of services to improve their quality of life. To learn more about the community, schedule a private tour right now!
Dementia presents serious challenges for seniors and their families. At later stages, the family finds it almost impossible to manage the elderly person’s care. At an assisted living community, the staff provides services and activities that help individuals with dementia. Memory care services promote healthier cognitive function and recollection.
The services include visual cues to recall everyday terms, and daily activities test cognitive function to identify the current stage of the disease. Dementia increases forgetfulness, and disorientation and the disease lead to depression. Seniors who struggle with common words become angry and believe no one understands what they’re going through.
Families and seniors set up tours of assisted living communities and find new homes for elderly family members. The communities offer private living spaces for the seniors and improve their quality of life. Tours of the communities help families find the best place for a loved one suffering from dementia.