WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER ASSISTED LIVING FOR MY LOVED ONE?
It’s never too early to plan ahead. Look for signs. Your loved one may start losing/gaining weight and not eating properly. Are household chores, stairs or medications becoming difficult to manage? Does your loved one appear to be bored, lonely or less interested in longtime hobbies? Watch for changes in grooming habits and a general lack of enjoyment in life. All could be indications your loved one would benefit from day-to-day assistance.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER MEMORY CARE FOR MY LOVED ONE?
Most of us assume occasional memory problems are common for individuals over age 65. However, when parents or loved ones forget important appointments, repeat things constantly, or wander away from home it’s not just a natural part of aging. Only a doctor can diagnose dementia—the most common form of Alzheimer’s, but if memory symptoms worsen and you have concerns about your loved one’s safety or security, it’s definitely time to consider memory care.
WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY?
Assisted living offers seniors an opportunity to remain independent while receiving assistance with activities of daily living. It is a great option when 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitative care, such as a nursing home environment, is not required, but just a little daily help is needed.
Activities of daily living include tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, walking, self-administration of medications, or the administration of medications and more. The staff may also assist with housekeeping, shopping, laundry—whatever the resident needs to keep feeling independent as long as possible.
HOW IS MEMORY CARE DIFFERENT FROM ASSISTED LIVING?
Memory care communities are often licensed as assisted living communities, but the staff has undergone additional training to handle the needs of those who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Programming designed specifically for those with dementia is also an important part of memory care, and should focus on promoting physical and emotional well-being, prolong daily functioning, and maintain a sense of purpose, satisfaction, dignity, and quality of life.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PLAN A MOVE TO Landing AT WATERCREST?
When your loved one can take part in the decision—not after a health concern arises, putting everyone in crisis-management mode. With activities, outings, dining, and fitness programs to keep your loved one active, it’s easier to maintain health, self-reliance, and a positive outlook on life.
CAN MY LOVED ONE BRING A PET?
Yes! Landing at Watercrest offers a specialized pet care package to offer assistance to our residents that would like to bring their pet to live with them. The care package includes feeding and giving water to the pet, taking care of the litter box for cats or walking the dog, playtime and routine grooming.
HOW DO I CONVINCE MY LOVED ONE IT’S TIME TO MOVE?
Seniors frequently have concerns about giving up their independent lifestyle for a move to a retirement community. Explain the benefits of moving. Landing at Watercrest offers the best of both worlds: a private apartment in a beautiful, new building that feels safe and secure with unparalleled amenities, a caring staff and on-site access to the assistance and programming they need every day.
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AARP (http://www.aarp.org) is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.
Administration On Aging (www.aoa.gov) provides home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act.
LeadingAge (www.leadingage.org) is focused on advocacy of effective services for seniors including home health, hospice, assisted living, continuing care and more.
Elder Law Answers (www.elderlawanswers.com) supports seniors, their families and their attorneys in legal issues surrounding aging.
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National Council On Aging (www.ncoa.org) is a nonprofit organization with a national network of more than 14,000 organizations and leaders.
VA.Gov (www.va.gov) explains U.S. Government Veterans’ Affairs benefits to assist eligible veterans and dependents with the expense of intermediate or skilled nursing care.