There are several different types of dementia and each can cause considerable
challenges for families. Most often, individuals with dementia require
dementia care at an assisted living location. There, highly trained and experienced
caregivers can help these residents with common complications such as
wandering, sleep disturbances, and agitation.
Wandering is potentially dangerous for individuals with dementia. They may find themselves in an unfamiliar area, which can
be frightening to them, or they may suffer from fall-related injuries.
In a memory care location, wandering is not generally a major problem
because these places are thoughtfully secured. Staff members can monitor
residents on a 24/7 basis. If your loved one has a tendency to wander,
try to locate a memory care environment that offers a secured yard where
he or she can safely wander.
It can be difficult for some individuals with dementia to enjoy restful
sleep at night. Sometimes, there is a cause for this other than dementia,
such as another chronic medical problem that causes pain. In these cases,
a doctor might recommend administering pain medication at night. Your
loved one might also benefit from being within a carefully designed environment.
Access to plenty of sunshine-filled areas during the day can help your
loved one to better understand when it is daytime and when it is time
for sleeping. However, it is also a good idea to provide a very dim light
or nightlight in your loved one’s sleeping area. Individuals with
dementia can be readily confused by total darkness.
For individuals with dementia, agitation is often born of a confusing,
chaotic environment. This is one reason why individuals with dementia
can greatly benefit from a home-like environment, rather than a clinical
setting. Some people with dementia can also become agitated when they
are confused. A dementia caregiver can determine the underlying cause
of the confusion or frustration to help ease the agitation.
Avalon Memory Care would like to invite families to learn about our compassionate
model of dementia care administered in our locations near Houston, San
Antonio and Dallas. Our assisted living locations provide comprehensive
Alzheimer’s support, including medication management and counseling.
Families can reach us at (214) 752-7050 to request more information.