Late-stage care needs for dementia are extensive and can be more than a
caregiver can handle alone. If you are considering transitioning your
loved one with dementia to
assisted living care, there are some factors you can consider that will help you make this decision.
Sundowner syndrome, a condition commonly seen in people with Alzheimer’s,
is characterized by agitated behavior that peaks in the afternoon. People
suffering from dementia are also prone to physical and verbal aggression,
and when these actions become frequent, the burden on caregivers can be
significant. When sundowning and other symptoms of dementia begin to disrupt
a family’s routines and lead to feelings of resentment, it is time
to consider around-the-clock care for your loved one.
Threats to the Person’s Safety
Many people with dementia will wander and can become disoriented, even
in familiar places such as their home. Wandering behavior usually worsens
as the person’s dementia progresses, and this issue increases the
individual’s chances of falling or otherwise injuring himself. An
effective way to judge if assisted living would be best for your loved
one is to ask yourself if your loved one’s home environment has
become unsafe. Stairs, heated appliances, area rugs, and poor lighting
can all pose a threat to the person’s safety, and if these issues
cannot be remedied, around-the-clock care may be the best choice.
Escalating Needs and Caregiver Stress
While caring for your loved one may have been achievable during his or
her early stages of dementia, their condition may reach the point where
home care is no longer safe or practical for either of you. His condition
may progress to the point where you can no longer help your loved one
physically or provide the time needed to manage all of their needs. Additionally,
if your duties as a caregiver are affecting your health or the well-being
of your family, you should consider assisted living care for your loved one.
Avalon Memory Care can provide your loved one with the
mental health care for dementia in Houston, San Antonio, and Sugar Land that they need. Call us today
at (214) 752-7050 to learn more.