Moving From Residential Care to MEMORY CARE: When Is The Right Time?

Are you thinking that…

Your senior loved one is now in need of a more focused care? Do you feel that he/she now requires special safety measures due to disorientation tendencies? *** If this is what you’ve been thinking, then it’s time to consider transferring from a Residential Care to Memory Care.

A Brief Definition:

Memory Care is a precised long-term care that suffices the specific needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the like. They offer a more proficient nursing care and secured environment that mainly focuses on individuals who need memory impairment.   Seniors are provided with a safe and skillful assistance in a senior assisted living facility, however, as they age, their needs for extra help increases, sometimes, to a certain extent where residential care could no longer manage. But how would you know if it’s time to consider moving your loved one to a memory care.

*** We understand that you want what’s best for your loved one. But before doing the transition (from a Residential Care to Memory Care), let us give you these…

RED flags to watch out:

1.    Aggravated behavior changes. An elder become more disturbed, belligerent, start to throw things and threatens. In some cases, they begin to struck caregivers and hit fellow residents. In worst case scenarios, they could cause self-inflicted wounds.

2.    Additional Health Care needs. Elders may become dependent to their health aides with their day-to-day care, like eating, dressing and taking a bath, that often they could not perform those activities on their own. This is one of the main reasons as to why you should consider the transition as the elder needs a round-the-clock help with his/her personal care and daily routines.

3.    Caregiver burnout. The caregiver’s physical and mental health is at stake. Instances where in they could no longer handle the patient’s irrational demands and constant yelling, then consider taking them to memory care facilities where they are professionally trained and more patient to manage such situations.

4.    Seclusion. When their illness reduces their world. They often wander around and do not socialize with other residents. They also refuse to participate in activities and engage into conversations.

5.    Worsened memory loss. Elders become more incapable of recognizing faces, sometimes including their family members and closest friends. They also forget most details of their personal life, including their past and history.

6.    Inability to control urination or defecation. They lack self-restraint to their toileting habits and would not be able to handle the details such as flushing the toilet, using and disposing tissues properly.

7.    Unusual changes in personality. Elders often start to act strange and claim to hear faint noises and see odd visions due to hallucinations. They are often delusional and suspicious of others, and are often disturbed that could affect their sleeping and waking patterns.

8.    Deteriorating weight. Evident weight loss even with eating a well-maintained diet. This could be due to their difficulty swallowing foods and liquids.

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Now, what should really matter?

Every so often, this transition from a residential care to memory care could be traumatic to the elder and is a huge life decision to the family members. Despite that, think of the long-term benefits that this change can do to your elder loved one and the peace of mind that it could bring your family. No matter how hard the situation is, remember that their well-being is your priority and that it is important for you to make the move.

Feel free to call us if you have any questions about moving from Residential Care Community to Memory Care:

Harmony Guest Home (503) 648-3413 or email: